Statistics

The following are statistics on four types of sexual violence: sexual assault, stalking, partner violence, and sexual harassment. These statistics are only meant to show the prevalence of sexual violence in American society and to show you that you are not alone. Statistics, though, only show the most common types of sexual violence. These figures are in now way meant to take away from those who experience sexual violence in a way not described here. Sexual violence takes many forms, and each is very real, even if accurate statistics do not exist on each type.

Sexual Assault Statistics

-Adapted from the U.S Department of Justice press release on The Sexual Victimization of College Women Report.
  • Nearly 3 percent of college women experience a completed or attempted rape during a typical college year.
  • Most incidents of sexual victimization on and off campus occurred in living quarters or private residences.
  • Most sexually assaulted women know the person who victimized them. For completed rapes, nearly 90 percent of the victims know the offender.
  • Most victims of completed or attempted rape reported that they did not receive additional injuries during the victimization. About one in five rape and attempted rape incidents resulted in additional injury.
-Information provided from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2006 Research Report on Rape & Violence
  • Rates of sexual abuse and assault of gay men may be higher than those found in studies of men in general (i.e. without reference to sexual orientation). One study indicated that 37% of the men reported having a sexual encounter with an older or stronger partner (usually a man) before the age of 17. 51% of those encounters involved the use of force and more than 93% met the definition of sexual abuse or assault.
  • In a sample of 412 university students, 16.9% of the subjects reported that they were lesbian, gay, or bisexual; the remainder identified themselves as heterosexual. Of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual subjects 42.4% (30.6% female and 11.8% male) indicated that they had been forced to have sex against their will.
  • A 1991 study of university students reported that their sample of gay/bisexual students (including both gay men and lesbians) approximately 18% had been victims of rape, approximately 12% had been victims of attempted rape, and approximately 37% had been victims of sexual coercion.
  • According to the First National Survey of Transgender Violence, 13.7% of 402 person reported being a victims of rape or attempted rape.
  • In a study of 162 gay men and 111 lesbians, 52% reported at least once incident of sexual coercion by same-sex partners. Gay men experienced 1.6 incidents per person; while lesbians experienced 1.2 incidents per person.
  • Comparison of gang rape prevalence indicates that while United States multiple-perpetrator rape prevalence is 1 in 10, surveillance studies in South Africa suggest that their national rate is closer to 1 in 3.
  • Summarizing data from pervious international studies on the prevalence of rape, (noting that the research does not differentiate between stranger/non stranger rape), researchers found the following rape rates: 1.4% in La Paz, Bolivia, Gaborone, Botswana- .8%, Manila, Philippines- .3%, Beijing, China- 1.6%, Tirana, Albania- 6.0%, Buenos Aires, Argentina- 5.8%, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- 8.0% , Bogota, Colombia- 5.0%.
  • Women with disabilities are raped and abused at a rate at least twice that of the general population of women.
  • Among developmentally disabled adults, as many as 83% of the females and 32% of the males are victims of sexual assault.
  • Results of an experimental study indicated that male victims are often assessed more blame for their assaults than female victims.
  • An estimated 92,700 men are forcibly raped each year in the United States.
-Adapted from www.rainn.org
  • Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
  • One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime, which includes 17.7 million women.
  • About three percent of American men (2.78 million) have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • In 2001, only 1 in 3 rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement.
  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for sexual assault. Risk peaks in the late teens for girls: age 16-19.
  • Only about 6% of rapists or 1 out of every 16 will ever spend a day in jail.
  • There is widespread opinion that a large number of reported sexual assaults are false claims. That is absolutely not true. According to the FBI, in 2003 5.5% of sexual assaults were determined to be false reports. This is no higher than the statistics for any other violent crime.

Stalking Statistics

-Provided by www.rainn.org
  • 8 percent of women and 2 percent of men say they have been stalked at some time in their life.
  • 52 percent of all victims were between 18 and 29 years old when they were stalked.
  • About half of all stalking victims report the threat to the police (55% of female victims and about 48% of male victims).
  • For 59 percent of female victims and 30 percent of male victims, the stalker was a current or former intimate partner.
  • 31 percent of women who were stalked by a current of former husband or cohabiting partner, were also sexually assaulted by that partner. By comparison, 5 percent of all women who were never married or ever lived with a man were sexually assaulted by a current or former husband or partner. Thus, husbands and partners who stalk their partners are six times more likely than husbands and partners in the general population to sexually assault their partners.

-Information provided from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2006 Research Report on Rape & Violence.

    A new survey of 756 students at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University found that men accounted for 42% of on-campus stalking victims, compared with 2% of men in a recent survey of the national population. 58% of stalking victims were women. 56% of campus stalkers were men and 43% were women. The survey found that 12% of students had been stalked, and that women stalkers were 3 times more likely to be found on campus than in the population as a whole. In general, researchers concluded that stalking is more common on college campuses than in the population at large.

Statistics on Partner Violence

-Statistics provided by Womenspace in Eugene and the University of Alabama’s Women’s Center. Sources from the US Department of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the American Psychological Association.

  • Half of all women will experience some form of violence from their partners during marriage, and more than one-third are battered. There are at least 4 million reported incidents of domestic violence against women every year.
  • Every 18 seconds, a woman is beaten.
  • Violence against women occurs in as many at 20% of dating couples.
  • Women age 19-29 report more violence by intimates than any other age group.
  • As many as one in four young women are battered before completing high school and one in three before completing college.
  • Abusive partners harass 74% of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the phone, causing 20% to lose their jobs. Domestic violence costs employers approximately $100 million per year in lost wages, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.
  • Up to 50% of all homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.
  • Battered women account for 22% to 35% of women seeking care for any reason in emergency departments. Medical expenses from domestic violence total 3-5 billion dollars annually.


-Information provided from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2006 Research Report on Rape & Violence.

  • In nearly 50 population-based surveys from around the world, 10% to over 50% of women report being hit or otherwise physically harmed by an intimate make partner at some point in their lives.
  • Around the world at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family. Increasingly, gender-based violence is recognized as a major public health concern and a violation of human rights.
  • Men living with male intimate partners experience more intimate partner violence than do men living with female intimate partners. 15% of men who lived with a man as a couple reported being raped/assaulted or stalked by a male cohabitant.

Statistics on Sexual Harassment

-The following statistics are from studies done by Louis Harris and Associates, a worldwide polling firm and reports from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Four out of 5 students in grades 8-11, boys and girls, report having experienced some kind of harassment at school.
  • 76% of students have experienced non-physical harassment like taunting, rumors, graffiti, jokes, or gestures while 58% have experienced physical harassment.
  • Although similar numbers of boys and girls report having experienced harassment, girls are more likely to report being negatively affected by harassment than boys.
  • 31% of female employees report being harassed at work.
  • 70-90% of harassers repeat their conduct.
  • About 15,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission each year.
  • According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of sexual harassment complaints filed by men has more than tripled in recent years.

-Information provided from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2006 Research Report on Rape & Violence.

    According to a study conducted in Massachusetts, young lesbians and bisexual girls experienced more sexual harassment than heterosexual girls. 72% of lesbian and bisexual girls reported that they were called “sexually offensive names” by their peers, compared with 63% of heterosexual girls. Lesbian and bisexual girls were significantly more likely than heterosexual girls to be “touched, brushed up against, or cornered in a sexual way (63% as compared to 52% of heterosexual girls) and to be grabbed or have their clothing pulled in a sexual way (50% compared to 44%).