Utah Student Lauren McCluskey Reported Her Ex To Campus Police Before Being Killed
Intimate partner violence is an epidemic: Nearly half of the women murdered in the U.S. are killed by current or former partners, according
to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The risk is higher for young women like McCluskey, said Hamra Ahmad, director of legal services of the New York-based legal nonprofit organization
Her Justice. “Young women, particularly those between the ages 16 and 24, experience the higher rates of intimate partner violence in this country, which is nearly triple the national average,” she told Refinery29. “Among female victims, 94% of those between the ages of 16 and 19, and 70% of those 20 to 24 — which is the group this victim was in — were victimized by current or former boyfriends. Unfortunately, what happened here in this case is very common.”