Young Women See Sexual Violence as ‘Normal,’ Study Says

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NEW ORLEAN (WGNO) – Here’s a story that should scare every parent, especially parents with young daughters.

According to a new study, girls and young women rarely report sexual abuse because they think it’s “normal.”

The study, “Normalizing Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harassment and Abuse,” analyzed forensic interviews conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center with 100 young women between the ages of three and seventeen who may have been sexually assaulted.

Researchers found that “objectification, sexual harassment, and abuse appear to be part of the fabric of young women’s lives.”

The young women quoted in the study also didn’t see sexual harassment as particularly unacceptable or inappropriate.

According to the study, it was common for young women to trivialize their experiences and to chalk it up to the stereotype that “boys will be boys.”

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