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Sexual Assault, Rape and Abuse Statistics

Sexual Assault: The Silent, Violent Epidemic
Sexual Assault: The Silent, Violent Epidemic
According to the AMA, sexual assault continues to represent the most rapidly growing violent crime in America, claiming a victim every 45 seconds. Because many of these attacks occurring daily go unreported and unrecognized, sexual assault can be considered a 'silent-violent epidemic' in the United States today. The National Victim Center reports that over 700,000 women are raped or sexually assaulted annually. Of these victims, 61% are under age 18. Source: The American Medical Association (AMA).

Men are responsible for the majority of violence in this nation. According to the FBI's 2010 statistics on crime, men made up 90 percent of the 11,000 murder offenders whose gender was known. Men also were responsible for 77 percent of aggravated assaults, 84 percent of burglaries, 82 percent of arsons, 74 percent of offenses against the family and children, and 99 percent of rapes.

Every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Each year there are about 240,000 victims of sexual assault. 44% of victims are under 18, 80% are under 30. 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. About 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance. Source - RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

In the United States the worst sexual abuse happens to children. Incest is running rampant in America and out of shame families will do everything they can to keep it hidden from view. The abusers know this and take full advantage of it. 1 in 4 girl children will be sexually abused by a family member or family members or relatives. 1 in 6 boy children will be abused by a family member or family members or relatives. Children are the easiest victims of all sexual abuse victims. They are easily convinced they are at fault for their sexual abuse. Abusers will use guilt and appeals to love and threats to manipulate the child's feelings to keep them from exposing what is being done. Contrary to popular belief most child sex abuse happens in the home. (Webmaster's comment: Let's put this in perspective. In a class room of 30 middle school students 6 of the children sitting there are probably being used for sex at home. And should one of those children say anything chances are they will be told to stop making up naughty stories and nasty lies. What a terrible world those children are forced to live in!)

(Webmaster's comment: It's been in the news that every 21 minutes a forcible rape is reported in India and everyone is appalled. According to FBI statistics a forcible rape is reported every 6 minutes in the United States and no one says a word. And only 16% of rapes in the United States are reported. That works out to about one rape every minute in the United States. We are in the middle of a rape epidemic that no one even wants to talk about. We'll never get it fixed unless we take our heads out of the sand, stand up and be counted, and talk often and loudly enough about it that everyone acknowledges the problem. So speak up please!)

Societal Attitudes Supporting Rape

  • A survey of 6,159 college students enrolled at 32 institutions in the U.S. found the following: (ref 4)

  • 54% of the women surveyed had been the victims of some form of sexual abuse; more than one in four college-aged women had been the victim of rape or attempted rape;

  • 57% of the assaults occurred on dates;

  • 73% of the assailants and 55% of the victims had used alcohol or other drugs prior to the assault;

  • 25% of the men surveyed admitted some degree of sexually aggressive behavior;

  • 42% of the victims told no one.

  • In a survey of high school students, 56% of the girls and 76% of the boys believed forced sex was acceptable under some circumstances. (ref 5)

  • A survey of 11-to-14 year-olds found: (ref 5)

  • 51% of the boys and 41% of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, "spent a lot of money" on the girl;

  • 31% of the boys and 32% of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience;

  • 87% of boys and 79% of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married;

  • 65% of the boys and 47% of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.

  • In a survey of male college students:

  • 35% anonymously admitted that, under certain circumstances, they would commit rape if they believed they could get away with it. (ref 6,7).

  • One in 12 admitted to committing acts that met the legal definitions of rape, and 84% of men who committed rape did not label it as rape. (ref 6,7)

  • In another survey of college males: (ref 8)

  • 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman's protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.

  • 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraints to force a woman to have sex.

  • Women with a history of rape or attempted rape during adolescence were almost twice as likely to experience a sexual assault during college, and were three times as likely to be victimized by a husband. (ref 9)

  • Sexual assault is reported by 33% to 46% of women who are being physically assaulted by their husbands. (ref 10)

Sources:

  1. Dupre, A.R., Hampton, H.L., Morrison, H., and Meeks, G.R. Sexual Assault. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey. 1993;48:640-648.

  2. National Crime Center and Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Rape in America: A Report to the Nation. Arlington, VA; 1992:1-16

  3. National Victim Center, and Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Rape in America: A Report to the Nation. Arlington, VA; 1992:1-16.

  4. Koss M.P., Hidden rape: sexual aggression and victimization in a national sample of students in higher education. In: Burgess A.W., ed Rape and Sexual Assault. New York, NY: Garland Publishing: 1988;2:3-25.

  5. White, Jacqueline W. and John A. Humphrey. "Young People's Attitudes Toward Acquaintance Rape." Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden crime." John Wiley and Sons, 1991.

  6. Koss M.P., Dinero, T.E., Seibel, C.A. Stranger and acquaintance rape: Are there differences in the victim's experience? Psychology of Women Quarterly. 1988:12:1-24.

  7. Malamuth N.M. Rape proclivity among males. J Soc Issues. 1981;37:138-157.

  8. Rapaport, Karen R. and C. Dale Posey. Sexually Coercive College Males. Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime, edited by Andrea Parrot. John Wiley and Sons, 1991.

  9. Ellis, Atkeson, Calhoun, 1982: Gidycz, Coble, Latham, Layman, (1993); Guthrie, Notgrass, 1992.

  10. Frieze IH, Browne A. Violence in marriage. In: Ohlin, L, Tonry, M, eds. Family Violence: Crime and Justice, A Review of Research. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press; 1989:163-218.

  11. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Adolescence. Sexual assault and the adolescent. Pediatrics. 1994;94(5):761-765.

  12. Heise, L.L. Reproductive freedom and violence against women: where are the intersections? J Law Med Ethics. 1993;21(2):206-216.

Thanks to - UIC CAN: Campus Advocacy Network at Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

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