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Tri-State Gender-Based Violence Increasing

Nationally, every 73 seconds somebody is sexually assaulted. In 2018 it was every 98 seconds.
Nationally, every 73 seconds somebody is sexually assaulted. In 2018 it was every 98 seconds.

Women Helping WomenCEO Kristin Shrimplin told corporate and community leaders Thursday the number of Tri-State gender-based violence incidents is increasing. She estimates by the end of 2019, there will be 9,000 unduplicated survivors. That's up from 7,400 in 2018.

Shrimplin says the increase in domestic violence incidents is not because people are talking about it more and realizing they were victimized years ago. She says these are incidents that have just happened.

She speculates on what could be causing the increase. "There's less prosecution of those who are committing these crimes, less accountability. There's no funding really at all, in a significant way, being driven on a statewide or national level for prevention."

Over the last two years, gender-based violence in the Tri-State is up 55% and that has dramatically increased the amount of spending for Women Helping Women. Shrimplin says expenses to protect the survivors are up 105%.

Even with what she calls a "public health epidemic," she says volunteers are able to get to everyone who calls with a need.

"To me, I don't know what's in our climate that's going to suggest, one, let's prevent this, because critical policy and funding is not coming to the table for us. And, two, if you are going to commit this violence we will hold you accountable," says Shrimplin.

The Justice Department says every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Last year it was every 98 seconds.

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.