Some Short Facts About Rape

  • In 1994 for every 1000 persons age 12 or older, there occurred two rapes or attempted rapes.
  • 1 in 3 females will be sexually abused at some time in their lives.
  • 1 in 6 males will be sexually abused at some time in their lives.
  • 1 out of 4 women is the victim of a completed sexual assault during their lifetime
  • Approximately 683,000 adult American women were sexually assaulted in 1990. when the number of female children and males assaulted during the same period are added, it is likely that well over twice that many Americans were sexually assaulted during 1990.
  • Only 7-16% of all rapes are reported to the authorities. Sexual assaults in which the victim is male are reported even less frequently.
  • Less than 2% of reported rapes are false reports -- about the same as the false report rate for other crimes.
  • The majority of rape victims are 17-34 years of age.
  • In 70% of all rapes, the victim knows her attacker.
  • 80% of the time, the victim and rapist are of the same race, the same socioeconomic status and even the same educational level.
  • Compared to those households with annual incomes of $15,000 or more, persons in households with incomes of less than $15,000 were three times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted.
  • Most rapes do not result in serious physical injury. Less than 2% of incidents result in death.
  • 35% of rape victims will develop a significant degree of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Rape victims have significantly higher rates than non-victims for attempted suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and divorce.
  • 33% of rape victims consider committing suicide, compared to 8% of non-crime victims; 13% of rape victims actually attempt suicide, compared to only 1% of non-crime victims.
  • 30% of rape victims experience at least one major depressive episode in their lifetimes, compared to 10% of women who have not experienced a violent crime.
  • Sexual gratification is not the primary motivating factor in rape. Rape is not a crime of passion. It is a crime of violence in which the rapist physically assaults the victim using sex as a weapon. the rapist gains power and control or expresses anger and hostility. 40% of rapists are married or have a regular partner.

Source: Council Against Rape Adapted from US Dept. of Justice and the National Victims Center