Sexual Assault Statistics

  • 80% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30
  • Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
  • Each year, there are about 213,000 victims sexually assaulted
  • 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police
  • 15 of 16 rapists will not spend time in jail
  • Approximately 2/3 of sexual assaults are performed by someone the victim knew
  • 38% of rapists are friends or acquaintances

Source: RAINN (Rape, Assault, Incest, National Network)

  • In a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of 5,000 college students at over 100 colleges, 20% of women answered “yes” to the question “In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?” Thus, one in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime.
  • 99% of people who rape are men, 60% are Caucasian.
  • 57% of rapes happen on dates.


Child Abuse Stats

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds
  • Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are under the age of 4.
  • It is estimated that between 60-85% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68% are abused by family members.
  • About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
  • Abused teens are 3 times less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
  • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.
  • Children who have been sexually abused are 2.5 times more likely to abuse alcohol
  • Children who have been sexually abused are 3.8 times more likely to develop drug addictions


  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday
  • The most common ages of children when sexual abuse occurs are between 8 and 12
  • Child sexual abuse is seldom a one-time occurrence, and lasts an average of 1 to 4 years.



Domestic Violence

  • One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data.
  • Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.


Domestic Violence and Children

  • In a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
  • On average between 1993 and 2004, children under age 12 were residents of households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims and 25% of incidents involving male victims.
  • Studies suggest that between 3.3 – 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.


Tween Violence

  • Tweens – adolescents age 11-14
  • 62% know friends and peers who’ve been verbally abused by a boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • 36% know friends and peers who’ve been pressured by their relationship partner to do something they didn’t want to do.
  • 20% of 13 and 14-year olds in relationships know friends and peers who’ve been physically abused (kicked, hit, slapped or punched) by a boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • Only 51% of tweens say they know the warning signs of a bad tween dating relationship, and 54% say they would know what to do if a friend asked for help.

For teens who have had sex by age 14:

  • 69% know say they’ve experienced one or more types of abuse in a relationship
  • 61% have been called names or put down verbally.
  • 34% were physically abused .
  • 36% were pressured to have oral sex when they didn’t want to .
  • 34% were pressured into having sexual intercourse when they didn’t want to .


Teen Violence

  • Teens – adolescents age 15-18

For teens who put off having sex until age 17-18:

  • 36% have been called names or put down verbally.
  • 9% were physically abused .
  • 15% were pressured to have oral sex when they didn’t want to .
  • 15% were pressured into having sexual intercourse when they didn’t want to .


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