Defense Against Crime

09/04/2014

Sexual assault affects many lives

Sexual assault affects many lives—both directly and indirectly. It is a horrible crime that spans across all ages, sexual orientations, k0753024religions and genders, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Let look in some statistics.

  • According to The National Women’s Study, 683,000 forcible rapes occur every year; which equals 56,916 per month; 1,871 per day; 78 per hour; and 1.3 per minute {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}
  • An estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}

While precise legal definitions of this crime can vary by states and jurisdictions, rape is the term commonly used to mean forced sexual intercourse, including vaginal, anal or oral penetration. We use the terms sexual assault or sexual violence to refer to any to unwanted sexual act against or without a person’s consent—any sexual, physical verbal or visual, act that forces a person against their will to have unwanted sexual contact or attention.

No matter what the circumstances of the crime are, sexual violence is a weapon used by perpetrators to hurt and dominate others—motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. It is never a survivor’s fault.

Did you Know that:

  • Females 18 years of age and over comprise the largest category of women forcibly raped in 1998 (45.6 percent). Forty percent of rape victims were ages 12 to 17 and 12.4 percent were ages 0 to 11. {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1999.}
  • About 81 percent of rape victims are white; 18 percent are black; 1 percent are of other races. {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1999.}
  • About half of all rape victims are in the lowest third of income distribution; half are in the upper two-thirds. {Violence against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.}
  • One of every four rapes take place in a public area or in a parking garage.
  • Thirty-one percent of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger.
  • Sixty-eight percent of rapes occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • At least 45 percent of rapists were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • In 29 percent of rapes, the offender used a weapon.
  • In 47 percent of rapes, the victim sustained injuries other than rape injuries.
  • Seventy-five percent of female rape victims require medical care after the attack.

These statistics are according to the U.S. Department of Justice: {All statistics are taken from: Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.}

By working together and pooling our resources during the month of April, we can highlight sexual violence as a major public health, human rights and social justice issue and reinforce the need for prevention efforts

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