Statistics on Sexual Violence in the United States*

• An estimated almost 1 in 5 (18.3%) women and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) are raped in their lives.

• 13% of women and 6% of men report experiencing sexual coercion at some time in their lives.

• 37.4% of adult female rape victims reported first being raped between the ages of 18-24.

  • Among adult women surveyed in 2010, 26.9% of American Indian/Alaska Natives, 22% of non- Hispanic blacks, 18.8% of non-Hispanic whites, 14.6% of Hispanics, and 35.5% of women of multiple races reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape at some point. 

• 12.3% of female rape victims and 27.8% of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.

• In a study of undergraduate women, 19% of them reported experiencing an attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college.

• A 2011 survey of high school students found that 11.8% of girls and 4.5% of boys in grades 9-12 reported that they had been forced to have sexual intercourse at some time in their lives. 

  • Among high school students, 12.5% of American Indian/Alaska Natives, 10.5% of Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander students, 8.6% of black students, 8.2% of Hispanic students, 7.4% of white students, and 13.5% of multiple-race students reported that they were forced to have sexual intercourse at some time.

Perpetrators of sexual violence

• 51.1% of sexual perpetrators of women are reported to be intimate partners of the victims, with 12.5% being family members, and 13.8% being strangers.

• Among male rape victims, perpetrators were reported to be acquaintances 52.4% of the time and strangers 15.1% of the time.

Health

  • Among victims of sexual violence raped in adulthood, 31.5% of women and 16.1% of men reported they experienced a physical injury as a result of being sexually assaulted.
  •  Only 36.2% of injured female rape victims reported receiving medical treatment.
  •  From 2004-2006, an estimated 105,187 females and 6,526 males aged 10-24 years received medical care in U.S. emergency departments as a result of nonfatal injuries sustained from a sexual assault.
  • In 2005, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System found links between history of being raped and high cholesterol, stroke, and heart disease. Women who had been raped were more likely to report heart attack and heart disease compared to women who had not been raped.
  • Rape leads to about 32,000 pregnancies in the United States each year.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence who filed a protective order, 68% reported being raped by their intimate partner and 20% reported a rape-related pregnancy.

*Self-report statistics are estimates based on surveyed samples.

Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). "Sexual Violence: Data Sources". http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/datasources.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016). "Sexual Violence: Facts at a Glance". Sexual Violence: Facts at a Glance http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/SV-DataSheet-a.pdf

 

 

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