three Latina women, 18 to 50 years of age reported incidents of sexual
abuse, more than one third experienced revictimization and more than 80
percent of initial incidents occurred from the age of seven. Romero et.
girls constitute the largest minority group of girls in the country and
are projected to remain so for the next 50 years. One in three Latina girls report
seriously considering suicide. The State of Hispanic Girls, National
Coalition of Latino Health and Human Service Organizations (COSSMHO)
girls reported most likely to stop attending school activities and
sports in order to avoid sexual harassment. Hostile Hallways, The Annual
Survey on Sexual Harassment in America’s Schools, AAUW Education
National Violence Against Women Survey found that Latina women were less
likely to report rape victimization than non-Latina women. Patricia Tjaden and Nancy
Thoennes. November 1998. Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of
Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against
Some of the Latino immigrants
who come into the United States have experienced great amounts of
exposure to violence in the form of civil war, torture, and/or extreme
abuse of authority. For this segment of the population, several
researchers have documented symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder
ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent.
Cervantes et al., 1989; Rodriguez and Brindis, 1995.
of fear of deportation and lack of knowledge of their rights, many
immigrant women suffer sexual assault, sexual exploitation and ongoing
sexual harassment by perpetrators who view them as easy prey.