I recently linked to a post by a feminist seperatist concerned about violence against women. She advocated celibacy and/or lesbianism as alternatives to marriage with men. I decided to check out the GSS to see the relation between marriage and experiencing a personal assault for women (I’ll add a section on sexual orientation of women vs assault after I ask the Inductivist which variable to use). I believe there are also victimization surveys that have data from multiple countries, but I don’t know of an easy way to access and analyze them. The variable I’m checking is LAW2 which is determined as follows:
Variable LAW2 : A PERSONAL ASSAULT
PreQuestion Text
1575. Now, I’m going to ask you about various events and conditions that happen to people. I’m interested in those that happened to you during the last 12 months, that is since (CURRENT MONTH), 2003. As I ask you about the specific events, please think carefully, so I can record things accurately.

F. Next, did any of the following criminal or legal events occur to you since (CURRENT MONTH), 2003…
Literal Question
2. A personal assault (e.g. being beaten up, hit, or attacked with a weapon).

SDA 3.2: TablesGeneral Social Surveys, 1972-2006 [Cumulative File]
Apr 19, 2008 (Sat 12:07 PM PDT)
Variables
Role Name Label Range MD Dataset
Row LAW2 A PERSONAL ASSULT 1-2 0,8,9 1
Column MARITAL MARITAL STATUS 1-5 9 1
Weight WTSSALL WEIGHT VARIABLE .4297-6.4287 1
Filter SEX(2) RESPONDENTS SEX(=FEMALE) 1-2 0 1
Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Weighted N
MARITAL
1
MARRIED
2
WIDOWED
3
DIVORCED
4
SEPARATED
5
NEVER MARRIED
ROW
TOTAL
LAW2 1: YES 1.1
9
.5
1
4.7
6
5.5
2
3.0
7
1.9
24
2: NO 98.9
746
99.5
117
95.3
122
94.5
33
97.0
223
98.1
1,240
COL TOTAL 100.0
755
100.0
118
100.0
128
100.0
35
100.0
229
100.0
1,264
Color coding: <-2.0 <-1.0 <0.0 >0.0 >1.0 >2.0 Z
N in each cell: Smaller than expected Larger than expected
Allocation of cases (unweighted)
Valid cases 1,307
Cases excluded by filter or weight 22,439
Cases with invalid codes on
row or column variable
27,274
Total cases 51,020
Datasets
1 /7502docs/D3/GSS06
2 /7502docs/Npubvars/GSS06
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