Sexual Assault Statistics

Sexual Assault Statistics

*  One in six men will experience a sexual assault in his lifetime.

*    1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18

*    Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime.

*    Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate.

*    Nearly one-fifth of women (18 percent) reported experiencing a completed or attempted rape at some time in their lives; one in 33 men (three percent) reported experiencing a completed or attempted rape at some time in their lives.

*    One out of every three women will be raped in her lifetime.

*    Rapes/sexual assaults committed by strangers are more likely to be reported to the police than rapes/sexual assaults committed by “non-strangers,” including intimate partners, other relatives and friends or acquaintances.

*    The overall probability that a rapist will be sent to prison for his crime: 16.3%.

*    The average sentence: 128 days.

*    Of surveyed college women, about 90% of rape and sexual assault victims knew their attacker prior to the assault

*    In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knew the perpetrator

*    84% of women who are raped know their assailant.

*    Approximately 73% of rape victims know their assailant

*    Women with a childhood history of sexual abuse are 4.7 times more likely to be subsequently raped

*    An estimated 91% of rape and sexual assault victims were female, and nearly 99% of the offenders were male.

*    About 90% of campus rapes are alcohol related

*    Alcohol may act for the assailant as a disinhibitor, as an excuse following the assault, or as a strategy to reduce victim resistance. At least 45% of rapists were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the assault.

*    In the National Violence Against Women Survey, 64% of women and 16% of men reported being raped, physically assaulted, or stalked by an intimate partner. This includes a current or former spouse, cohabitating partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, or date

*    A study conducted in the United States found that women raped before the age of 18 were twice as likely to be raped as adults, compared to those without a history of sexual abuse

*    52% of gay men and lesbians reported at least one incident of coercion by a same sex partner.

*    Same-sex abusers use a form of abuse similar to those of heterosexual batterers, but they also have an additional weapon in the threat of "outing" their partner to family, friends, employers, or community.

*    Sexual violence victims exhibit a variety of psychological symptoms that are similar to those of victims of other types of trauma, such as war and natural disaster (National Research Council 1996). A number of long-lasting symptoms and illnesses have been associated with sexual victimization including chronic pelvic pain; premenstrual syndrome; gastrointestinal disorders; and a variety of chronic pain disorders, including headache, back pain, and facial pain (Koss 1992).

*    Between 4% and 30% of rape victims contract sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the victimization (Resnick 1997).

        About Victims
*    44% of victims are under age 18
*    80% are under age 30
*    Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
*    In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of sexual assault

Reporting to Police
*    60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police
*    15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail

About Rapists
*    Approximately 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim
*    38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance

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