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Did You Know that Rape is More Common than Smoking?

The rate of women older than 18 who reported being sexually assaulted (18.4 percent) is greater than the percentage of women who reported smoking cigarettes (17.4 percent). This was according to a 2012 publication of the American Statistical Association and Royal Statistical Society. Significance magazine reports “the number of American women who have been raped is greater than the number who are current smokers.” These and other findings were documented by the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), released in December 2011.