Statistics

Though it is difficult to measure the true scope of the problem of sexual assault and violence, we are able to provide some statistics from partnering agencies. Here we are including numbers on prevalence and effect. For more detailed data, please review www.rainn.org as well as the National Crime Victimization Survey at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 

  • Every 73 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.

  • On average, there are 433,648 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).

  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.

  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

  • 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.

  • American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races.

  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

  • Those age 65 and older are 92% less likely than 12-24 year olds to be a victim of rape or sexual assault, and 83% less likely than 25-49 year olds.

  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.

  • A majority of child victims are 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18: 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under age 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are age 12-17.

  • In FY16 alone, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 57,329 children were victims of sexual abuse.

  • One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.

  • 82% of all victims under 18 are female.

  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

 

For more statistics and their sources: visit https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem

EFFECTS

People who have been victims of sexual assault are at higher risk for long term effects to their health, mental health, and long-term relationships.

  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.

  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.

  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.

  • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.

  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.

People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.

  • 3.4 times more likely to use marijuana

  • 6 times more likely to use cocaine

  • 10 times more likely to use other major drugs

Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends, and co-workers.

  • 38% of victims of sexual violence experience work or school problems, which can include significant problems with a boss, coworker, or peer.

  • 37% experience family/friend problems, including getting into arguments more frequently than before, not feeling able to trust their family/friends, or not feeling as close to them as before the crime.

  • 84% of survivors who were victimized by an intimate partner experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.

  • 79% of survivors who were victimized by a family member, close friend or acquaintance experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.

  • 67% of survivors who were victimized by a stranger experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.

For sources visit www.rainn.org/statistics

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