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Statistics


Prevent Sexual Violence

It happens every 2½ minutes

Sexual assault happens every day. Here are some statistics you should know.

Day One GENERAL

    1. Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.

    2. In Rhode Island, it is estimated that one in eight women have been sexually assaulted during their lifetime.

    3. In 2004-2005, the average annual number of victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault was 200,780.

    4. About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.

    5. More than 59% of all sexual assaults go unreported to police. .

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    6. One of every seven victims (or 14% of all victims) of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under the age of 6.

    7. One in three victims of sexual assault is under age 12. One in every four girls and one in every six boys will be a victim of sexual abuse before age 18.

Day One PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    8. Among people with developmental disabilities, as many as 83% of the females and 32% of the males are victims of sexual assault.

    9. Each year, 15,000 to 19,000 people with developmental disabilities are raped in the United States.

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    10. Among adults, 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger 38% of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance of the victim, 28% were an intimate and 7% were another relative.

    11. Among children, in 93% of the cases, the abuser is someone the child knows, often a relative or family friend.

    12. Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender. Almost 12.8% of completed rapes, 35% of attempted rapes, and 22.9% of threatened rapes happened during a date.

Day One SOURCES

1. 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF, 287KB) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

2. Ruggiero, K. J., & Kilpatrick, D.G. (2003). Rape in Rhode Island: A Report to the State. Charleston, SC: National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, Medical University of South Carolina.

3. 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF, 287KB) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

4. Snyder, Howard, Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics . U.S. Department of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. July 2000.

5. 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF, 287KB) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

6. Snyder, H. and Sickmund, M., 1999. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Juvenile Justice.

7. Snyder, H. and Sickmund, M., 1999. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Juvenile Justice.

8. Johnson, I., Sigler, Ri. 2000. "Forced Sexual Intercourse Among Intimates," Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 15 (1)

9. Sobsey, D. 1994. "Violence and abuse in the Lives of People with Disabilities: The End of Silent Acceptance?"

10. 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (PDF, 287KB) from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

11. Snyder, H. and Sickmund, M., 1999. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Juvenile Justice.

12. Fisher, Bonnie, Cullen, Francis, Turner, Michael. (2000). The Sexual Victimization of College Women. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

 

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