Facts about Sexual Assault

Facts about Sexual Assault

In a nationally representative survey of 9,684 adults*:

  • 10.6% of women reported experiencing forced sex at some time in their lives,
  • 2.1% of men reported experiencing forced sex at some time in their lives, and
  • 2.5% of women surveyed and 0.9% of men surveyed said they experienced unwanted sexual activity in the previous 12 months.
  • 20% to 25% of women in college reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape in college

In a nationally representative survey*:

  •  60.4% of female and 69.2% of male victims were first raped before age 18.
  • 25.5% of females were first raped before age 12, and 34.9% were first raped between the ages of 12-17.
  • 41.0% of males were first raped before age 12, and 27.9% were first raped between the ages of 12-17.

*Information from the CDC’s “Sexual Violence: Facts at a Glance”- http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/SV-DataSheet-a.pdf (this PDF may not be compatible with screen readers). 

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