Statistics about rape and sexual assault

If you have not seen the numbers before, the statistics below are shocking.
You might want to think twice about reading them if you are a sympathetic, empathic person.

However, this is what it is: women or men, kids or adults of all ethnic backgrounds could be sexually assaulted…

Gender Factor

* About 16-17% of American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). [National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998.]

* About 3% of American men — a total of 2.78 million men — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. [National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998]

* In 2003, one in every ten rape victims were male and nine out of every ten rape victims were female. [NCVS 2003]

Lifetime rate of rape/attempted rape (women): [NVAWS 1998]

* All: 17.6%
* White: 17.7%
* Black: 18.8%
* Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.8%
* Am. Indian/Alaskan: 34.1%
* Mixed race: 24.4%

Age Factor

* Age 12-34 are the highest risk years. Risk peaks in the late teens: girls 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. [2000 NCVS.]

* 15% of victims are under age 12
* 29% are age 12-17
* 44% are under age 18
* 80% are under age 30 [SOO, 1997; 1999 NCVS]

Children

* 7% of girls in grades five to eight and 12% of girls in grades nine through twelve said they had been sexually abused.[Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, 1998.]

* 3% of boys in grades five through eight and 5% of boys in grades nine through twelve said they had been sexually abused.[Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Boys, 1998.]

* Of sexually abused children in grades five through twelve, 48% of the boys and 29% of the girls had told no one about the abuse — not even a friend or sibling. [Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls, 1998.]

Who does it

* Approximately 70% of female rape victims and 74% of male rape victims know their assailant. [2003 NCVS.]

* 50% of female victims and 44% of male victims are raped by a friend or acquaintance;
* 30% of female victims and 26% of male victims by a stranger;
* 12% of female victims and 30% of male victims by an intimate;
* 8% of female victims and less than 1% of male victims by another relative;
* but in less than 1% of cases the relationship is unknown. [2003 NCVS.]

Where and When

* About 4 out of 10 sexual assaults take place at the victim’s own home.
* Two in ten take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative.
* One in ten take place outside, away from home.
* And about one in 12 take place in a parking garage.

* More than half of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within one mile of their home or at their home.

* 43% of rapes occur between 6 pm and midnight.
* 24% occur between midnight and 6am.
* The other 33% take place between 6am and 6pm.

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