Sixty percent of Black women in an ongoing study reported they had been sexually assaulted by a Black man before they turned 18, according researchers at Black Women's Blueprint.
Nationally, more than 300 women were surveyed in the study, and the organization hopes to survey a total of 700 women by March 2012. The group will announce its full findings at that time.
According to Farah Tanis, co-Founder of the New York-based organization and co-author of the study, domestic and sexual abuse in the Black community often goes ignored, and the problem is only getting worse.
"A similar study that was conducted by Black Women's Health Imperative seven years ago found that that number was about 40 percent," Tanis told NewsOne. "So that means there is an increase and we need to stop neglecting that issue."