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Statistics on Sexual Violence

Sexual Violence on College Campuses

  • Women aged 18-24 in college are 3X more likely to experience sexual violence compared to all women.
  • Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
  • About 50% of sexual assaults on college campuses involve a situation in which the perpetrator, the victim, or both were consuming alcohol.
  • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November.
  • 20% – 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college.

Prevalence in the LGBTQ+ Community

  • 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.
  • Approximately 50% of transgender people experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
  • 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35% of heterosexual women.
  • 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29% of heterosexual men.
  • 46.1% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17.4% of heterosexual women and 13.1% of lesbians.
  • 40.2% of gay men and 47.4% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 20.8% of heterosexual men.

Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity

  • Approximately 1 in 5 black women in the U.S. have experienced rape at some point in their lives.
  • 1 in 7 Hispanic women have experienced rape at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 multiracial non-Hispanic women will be the victim of rape in their lifetime.
  • 22.6% of black men experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.
  • Nearly one-third of multiracial men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.
  • In the U.S., 31.8% of multiracial women, 28.9% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 20.7% of non-Hispanic Black women, 19.9% of non-Hispanic White women, 15.0% of Hispanic women, and 9.5% of Asian/Pacific Islander women experienced rape at some point during their lifetime.
  • In the U.S., 49.5% of multiracial women, 45.6% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 38.9% of non-Hispanic White women, 35.5% of non-Hispanic Black women, 26.9% of Hispanic women, and 22.9% of Asian/Pacific Islander women experienced some form of contact sexual violence (rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact) during their lifetime.
  • In the U.S., 31.9% of multiracial men, 23.1% of American Indian/Alaska Native men, 19.4% of non-Hispanic Black men, 18.5% of Hispanic men, 16.5% of Non-Hispanic White men, and 9.4% of Asian/Pacific Islander men experienced one or more forms of contact sexual violence (rape, being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, and/or unwanted sexual contact) during their lifetime.
  • Of women who experienced sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, 64.1% are multiracial, 55.0% are American Indian/Alaska Native, 46.9% are non- Hispanic white women, 38.2% are non-Hispanic black women, 35.6% are Hispanic, and 31.9% are Asian or Pacific Islander women.
  • Among men who have experienced sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, 39.5% are multiracial men, 26.6% are Hispanic, 24.5% are American Indian/Alaska Native, 24.4% are non-Hispanic black men, 22.2% are non-Hispanic white men, and 15.8% are Asian or Pacific Islander men.

Prevalence by Ability Status

  • It’s estimated that almost 80% of people with disabilities are sexually assaulted on more than one occasion.
  • Women with disabilities are raped and abused at a rate at least twice that of the general population of women.
  • Among adults who are developmentally disabled, as many as 83% of the females and 32% of the males are victims of sexual assault.

Relationship of Perpetrator to Victim

  • 8 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.
  • Nearly half of female rape victims (47.1%) had a perpetrator who was a current or former intimate partner, 44.9% of rape victims had an acquaintance as a perpetrator, 12.8% of female victims of rape a stranger perpetrator, 12.6% had a family member as a perpetrator, and 2.7% of female victims had a perpetrator who was a person in a position of authority.
  • During their lifetime, nearly half of male victims of rape (47.0%) had a perpetrator who was an acquaintance, 20.9% of male victims were raped by a current or former intimate partner, 19.9% by a stranger, 11.0% by a family member, and 7.6% by a person in a position of authority.
Citations
  1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics,  Rape and Sexual Victimization Among College-Aged Females, 1995-2013 (2014).
  2. Cantor, D., Fisher, B., Chibnall, S., Townsend, R., et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015).
  3. Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007; Matthew Kimble, Andrada Neacsiu, et. Al, Risk of Unwanted Sex for College Women: Evidence for a Red Zone, Journal of American College Health (2008).
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  11. Sobsey, D. (1994). Violence and abuse in the lives of people with disabilities: The end of silent acceptance. Baltimore, Maryland: Paul H. Brooks Publishing, Co., Inc.
  12. Johnson, I., Sigler, R. (2001). Forced sexual intercourse among intimates. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15(1).
  13. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National C

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