• Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.
  • One in six women and one in 33 men are victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
  • One in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 16.
  • About 44 percent of rape victims are under age 18, and 80 percent are under age 30.
  • One in 4 college-aged women report experiences that meet the legal definitions of rape or attempted rape.
  • 80-90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by individuals known to the survivor.
  • 60 percent of assaults are never reported to the police.
  • 50 percent of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within one mile of their home or at their home.
  • In 2005, nearly half of all rape victims experienced incapacitated or drug-facilitated rape.
  • Victims of rape have a 49 percent chance of developing posttraumatic stress disorder and one-third of rape victims experience major depressive disorder.
  • Most people tell the truth about rape. Only 2% to 8% are false reports –  same rate as most other felony crimes.
  • Rape survivors who had the assistance of an advocate were significantly more likely to give a police report, were less likely to be treated negatively by police officers, and experienced less distress after contact with the legal system than victims who did not work with an advocate.

Information from:

  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org)
  • Crime Victimization in the United States Statistical Overviews, US Department of Justice, 2009
  • Fisher, B.S., Cullen, F.T., Turner, M.G (2000).
  • The sexual victimization of college women. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice ProgramsKimberly Lonsway, Joanne Archambault, David Lisak – The National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, 2009
  • Briere, J. & Elliot, D.M. (2003). Prevalence and psychological sequelae of self-reported childhood physical and sexual abuse in a general population sample of men and women. Child Abuse & Neglect,27, 1205-1222.