The Facts and Statistics of RAPE:

One in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.


One in six women and one in thirty-three men will experience attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.


In eight out of ten rape cases, the victim knows the perpetrator.


One in every seven victims of sexual assault is under the age of six.


One in four victims of sexual assault under the age of twelve is a boy


13.3% of college women indicate that they have been forced to have sex in a dating situation.
Sexual assault is the violent crime that is least often reported to law enforcement officials. A 2000 study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that only 28% of victims report their sexual assault to the police.


Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crime.


In 29% of rapes, the offender used a weapon.


Among developmentally disabled adults, up to 83% of females and 32% of males are victims of sexual violence.


In a study of elderly female sexual abuse victims, 81% of abuse was perpetrated by the victim’s primary caregiver. 78% was perpetrated by family members, of whom 39% were sons.


Victims of rape and attempted rape who did not report to the police did not report for a number of reasons. 43% of victims did not report because they thought that nothing could be done, 27% thought it was a private matter, 12% were afraid of the police response, and 12% felt it was not important enough to report.


Each year, an estimated 25,000 American women will become pregnant following an act of sexual violence. As many as 22,000 of those pregnancies could be prevented through the prompt use of emergency contraception.


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