Facts About Sexual Assault


What is sexual assault?


Sexual assault is a general, non-legal term that describes any sexual activity that is against another person’s will including:


  • Rape or attempting rape

  • Sodomy/Aggravated sodomy

  • Child molestation

  • Incest

  • Fondling

  • Sexual harassment

  • Indecent exposure

  • Oral copulation

  • Voyeurism

  • Sexual battery




Rape Facts…


  • In the United States, it is estimated that someone is sexually assaulted every 2.5 minutes.


  • 1 out of every 4 women and 1 out of every 6 men will be victim of sexual assault during their lifetime.


  • 1 in 6 boys will be victimized by age 18.


  • 84% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. 57% of those happened on dates.


  • An estimated 92,700 men are forcibly raped each year in the United States.


  • Less than 62% of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement due to fear of retaliation, not being believed, police interrogation, medical exam, low conviction rates, self blame and lack of information.


  • Only 27% of women whose experiences fit the legal definition of rape thought of themselves as rape victims.

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“This project is supported by VOCA Sub-Award No. C19-8-176 administered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime or the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.”