Sexual Assault Facts

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  • Aquaintance rape is more common than left-handedness, heart attacks or alcoholism.
  • By the time they turn 18, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually victimized.
  • 90% of all sexual violence involves an offender of the same race.
  • Over 50% of all assaults occur during the day.
  • 85% of the time, a sexual assault victim knows his or her attacker.

(Adapted from The PCAR Pinnacle. See the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for more information.)

 

  • There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
  • 54% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police, according to a statistical average of the past 5 years.
  • Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.
    • 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
    • 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
    • 28% are an intimate.
    • 7% are a relative.
  • More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occured within 1 mile of their home or at their home.

    • 4 in 10 take place at the victim's home.
    • 2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative.
    • 1 in 12 take place in a parking garage.
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
  • 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.
  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
  • About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
    • In 2003, 1 in every ten rape victims were male.
    • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.

Statistics compiled in this section are courtesy of the work done by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

The Counseling Center offers after-hours on-campus emergency coverage (when school is in session) for trauma and life-threatening situations such as suicide and sexual assault. To activate the system, call the Campus Police Department at 262-2150.


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