This from the book The End of Men and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin.
One of the great crime stories of the last twenty years, meanwhile, is the dramatic decline of rape and sexual assault. Between 1993 and 2008, the rate of those crimes against females declined by 70 percent. “Women in much of America might as well be living in Sweden, they’re so safe,” says criminologist Mike Males, a researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. The most dramatic declines occurred in acquaintance rape. Those changes particularly are directly related to women’s recent economic success. When women were financially dependent on men, it was much harder for them to leave an abusive relationship or situation. But now women who in earlier eras might have stayed in such relationships can leave or, more often, kick men out of the house. Women, says Males, “have achieved a great deal more power. And that makes them a lot harder to victimize.”
Financial independence is the path to physical safety for women.
What are you doing to ensure your financial independence?