Sexual Assault Statistics

Somewhere in America, a women is raped every two minutes. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1996. National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

In 2001, 91% of victims of rape/sexual assault were female. (The National Center for Victims of Crime, 2003)

Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender.(Fisher, Bonnie, Cullen, Francis, Turner, Michael. The Sexual Victimization of College Women. 2000. National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice.)

Between 12-25% of all American women have experienced rape, and another 12-20% have experienced attempted rape. That means that between one-fourth and nearly one-half of all women have been sexually assaulted. (Michael Kimmel, "What's Love Got to Do with It?" The Gender of Desire, 2005.)

In a survey of American college men, 37% indicated some likelihood of committing rape if they were certain they would not be caught. (Michael Kimmel, "What's Love Got to Do with It?" The Gender of Desire, 2005.)

A nationally representative sample of emergency departments' treatment of rape victims found that only one-third of the victims received some type of STD screening. Of those, 35% received STD medication, which translates into a total of 13% of those who were both screened and received STD medications. (The National Center for Victims of Crime, 2003)

9 out of 10 women raped on campus do not tell anyone about the rape (Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica, 1995.)

Only 1 of every 4 rapes takes place in a public area or in a parking garage. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1994. Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur at the victims home or the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor. (Greenfeld, 1997)

68% of rapes occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1994. Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

At least 75% of college rapes by an acquaintance involved in the influence of alcohol or other drugs. (CORE Alcohol and Drug Survey, 1998)

Women of all races are equally vulnerable to attacks by intimates. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1994. Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

One in 12 college men admit to acts that meet legal definitions of rape. (Koss, Woodruff, and Koss, 1990. Statistics on Sexual violence Against Women: A Criminological Study.)

More than 52% of all rape/sexual assault victims were females younger than 25. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997)

The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. US Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials. (National Crime Victimization Survey, 1996)

Only one percent of male students who rape is prosecuted. (U.s. Department of Justice, 1994. Violence Against women, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

The United States has the highest rate of reported rape in the industrial world � about 18 times higher than the rate for England. (Michael Kimmel, "What's Love Got to Do with It?" The Gender of Desire, 2005.)

A woman is 10 times more likely to be raped than to die in a car crash. (Senate Judiciary Committee, 1990. Facts about Violence Against Women.)

About 386,000 convicted sex offenders were registered in 49 states and the District of Columbia as of February 2001, compared to 277,000 registered in April 1998. (The National Center for Victims of Crime, 2003)