STATISTICS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSUALT
. Every 2 1/2 minutes in America, someone is sexually assaulted

• 1 in 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

• Worldwide, 1 in every 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

• About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.

• About 29% of all forcible rapes occur when the victims are less than age 11.

• 15,000 to 19,000 people with developmental disabilities are raped each year in North America.

• It costs the nation over $127 billion a year to prosecute abusers and care for rape victims.

• Each year, 35 out of every 1,000 women attending colleges or universities experiences an attempted or completed rape.

• 35% of college men who voluntarily participated in psychological research at their universities indicated they might commit a rape if they knew they could get away with it.

• A study of 278 acquaintance rape survivors indicated that 97% informed at least one close friend of the incident, 28% to police.

• Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police. In a survey of victims who did not report the rape or attempted
rape to police, the following was found as to why no report was made:
43% though nothing could be done,
27% felt it was a private matter,
12% were afraid of police response and
12% felt it was not important enough to report.