Facts About Sexual Assault
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. (1)
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (2)
Victims of sexual assault are: (3)
3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim. (4)
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger. (4)
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. (4)
28% are an intimate partner. (4)
7% are a relative. (4)
(1) RAINN, http://www.rainn.org/
(2) National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.
(3) World Health Organization. 2002.
(4) U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.