May 16, 2011

Rape Victims Survey

The numbers tell a story we cannot ignore.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the United States, individuals age 12 or older experienced an estimated 222,000 rapes or sexual assaults in 2008.  Research indicates that, over the course of their lifetimes, 18 percent of women in this country are raped.


How often does sexual assault occur?

In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.  (These figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.)

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

Here’s the math.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey – the country’s largest and most reliable crime study – there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available)

Who are the Victims?

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).

17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.

Effects of Rape

Victims of sexual assault are:

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

The Offenders

The Rapist isn’t a Masked Stranger

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.

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