ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITIES

1 in 3 API women surveyed reported experiencing sexual violence victimization (not including rape) in their lifetime.

Despite the history of sexual violence within and against API communities, there are limited statistics and scholarship about the topic. There are very few studies that examine the ways that sexual violence is experienced and understood within API communities. This absence exists despite limited but clear statistical evidence of occurrence.

National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV)

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"Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls fear they will not be believed, or feel silenced by familial victim-blaming attitudes, or find that disclosure did not lead to help and safety."

STATISTICS

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

18.3% of Asian-Pacific Islander (API) women experienced contact SV, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

CONTACT SEXUAL VIOLENCE

22.9% of API women experienced some form of contact sexual violence (SV) during their lifetime.

RAPE

9.5% of API women experienced rape at some point during their lifetime.

STALKING

7.6% of API women experienced stalking at some point in their lives.

NON-CONTACT

21.4% of API women had non-contact unwanted sexual experiences during their lifetime.

CONTACT SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Among reportable states, the state estimates of contact SV at some point in life was 25.5% for API women (1 state).

LIFETIME INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Among reportable states, lifetime prevalence of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner was 27.8% for API women (1 state).

API MALE SURVIVORS

13.7% of API men experienced contact SV, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

9.4% of API men experienced some form of contact SV during their lifetime.

Among reportable states, lifetime prevalence of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner was 20.4% for API men (1 state).

DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE

21 – 55% of Asian women in the U.S. report experiencing intimate physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime, based on a compilation of disagregated samples of Asian ethnicities in local communities.

HOMICIDE

In a six-year period, 160 cases in Asian families resulted in 226 fatalities, of which 72% were adult homicide victims, 10% were child homicide victims, and 18% were suicide deaths.

68% of victims were intimate partners (current, estranged, or ex-partners), of which 111 were women and 14 were men.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE

56% of Filipinas and 64% of Indian and Pakistani women had experienced sexual violence by an intimate in a study of 143 domestic violence survivors.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It analyzes critical issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander survivors; provides training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintains a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement. The Institute serves a national network of advocates, community-based service programs, federal agencies, national and state organizations, legal, health, and mental health professionals, researchers, policy advocates, and activists from social justice organizations working to eliminate gender-based violence.

The National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) is a program under Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, with a mission to support local and international community-based programs and governmental organizations in enhancing their services to victims of sexual violence from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S., U.S. Territories in the Pacific, and the Asia.

REFERENCES

  1. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010-2012) (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf)

 

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