Who Does Sexual Assault Affect?

Sexual assault affects many lives—both directly and indirectly. It can span age, sexual orientation, religion and gender, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Sexual violence is not an isolated problem.

1 in 3 women are survivors of sexual violence.

1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual violence.

 

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.

60% of survivors know the person who assaulted them.

2 out of 3 sexual assaults go unreported to the police.

 

Young women are especially vulnerable.

25 years old

 79.6% of female rape victims were under age 25 when they were first raped.

18 years old

42.2% of female rape victims were under age 18 when they were first raped.

Sources:

  • The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014 (2015).
  • National Institute of Justice. “Victims and Perpetrators.” (2010). www.nij.gov.
  • i. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014 (2015); ii. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012-2014 (2015);  iii. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2012-2014 (2015); iv. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2009 (2013).
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