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Abuse Statistics

Sexual Violence in the Military Often Goes Unreported:

  • 14, 900 military members experienced unwanted sexual contact in the fiscal year ending September 2016.
  • 4.3 % of active duty women and 0.6% of active duty men experienced unwanted sexual contact in FY16.
  • Of the 14, 900 survivors, 4.3% if females and 17% of males reported.

Stats Parents should know:

  • More than 500,00 predators are online every day.
  • Kids 12 to 15 are susceptible to being groomed and manipulated by offenders online.
  • FBI stats show that more than 50 percent of victims of online sexual exploitation are 12-15 years old.
  • 89 percent of all sexual advances toward our children take place in an internet chat room and through instant messaging.
  • In (27 percent) of exploitation incidents, predators asked kids for sexual photographs of themselves.
  • 4 percent of kids get “aggressive” sexual solicitations that included attempts to contact the kids offline.

Sexual Violence Can Have Long Term Effects on Victims:

The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.

  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months later the rape.
  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.
  • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than of any other violent crime.

People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.

  • 3.4 times more likely to use marijuana.
  • 6 times more likely to use cocaine.
  • 10 times more likely to use other major drugs.

About Perpetrators:

Half of Perpetrators are 30 or older

  • 50 % are 30 and older
  • 25% are 21-29
  • 9% are 18-20
  • 15% are 17 or younger

Male College Students at Risk

Males between 18 to 24 who are college students are approximately 5 times more likely than non- students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual abuse.
Millions of men in the United States have been victims of rape.

As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape.

About 3% of American men or 1in 33 have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
1 out of every 10 rape victims is male.

Perpetrators of Sexual Violence Often Have Criminal Histories

Perpetrators of rape are often serial criminals.

  • Out of every 1,000 suspected rape perpetrators referred to prosecutors.
    • 370 have at least one prior felony conviction, including 100 who have 5 or more.
    • 520 will be released- either because they posted bail or for other reasons- while awaiting trial.
    • 70 of the released perpetrators will be arrested for committing another crime before their case is decided.
  • A Majority of Released Prisoners Are Rearrested for a new Crime within 3 Years
    • 60% 5 years
    • 56% 4 years
    • 51% 3 years
    • 44% 2 years
    • 31% 1 year
    • 21% 6 months

Suspects Who Are Released Pre-Trial Often Commit New Crimes

Out of every 1000 suspects perpetrators referred to prosecutors for rape, robbery assault, and battery crimes:

  • Pre- Trial
    • 520- Rape
    • 440- Robbery
    • 630- Assault and Battery
  • Arrested for another crime
    • 70- Rape
    • 110- Robbery
    • 90- Assault and Battery

When convicted, perpetrators are spending more time in prison.

In 2013, there were 161,000 state inmates incarcerated as punishment for sexual violence crimes- that’s about 12% of all state inmates.
These inmates are staying in prison longer: the median time served for sexual violence convicts has increased 10 months since 2002(for 38 to 48 months served)

More Than Half of All Alleged Rapists have At least One Prior Conviction

Out of every 1,000 suspected perpetrators referred to prosecutors for rape, robbery, assault and battery crimes.

  • 1 conviction
    • 120- rape
    • 140- Robbery
    • 110- Assault and Battery
  • 2-4 Convictions
    • 190- rape
    • 170-Robbery
    • 210 Assault and Battery
  • 5-9 convictions
    • 120- Rape
    • 120- Robbery
    • 130- Assault and Battery
  • 10 & more convictions
    • 80- Rape
    • 100- Robbery
    • 100- Assault and Battery

Sexual Violence Affects Thousands of Prisoners Across the Country.

An estimated 80,600 inmates each year experience sexual violence while in prison or jail.

60 % of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by jail or prison staff.

More than 50 % of the sexual contact between inmate and staff member – all of which is illegal- is nonconsensual.

Native American Are the Greatest Risk of Sexual Violence.

On average, American Indians ages 12 and older experience 5,900 sexual assaults per year.

American Indians are twice as likely to experience a pate/ sexual assault compares to all races.

41% of sexual assaults against American Indians are committed by a stranger: 34% by an acquaintance: and 25% by an intimate or family member.

Race of Perpetrators

  • 57% white
  • 27% black
  • 8% Unknown Ethnicity
  • 6% other
  • 1% mixed group

Average Number of Sexual Assaults By Race of Victim, Per Year

  • All- 300,000
  • White- 200,000
  • Black- 35,000
  • Other- ~25,000
  • Hispanic- ~ 45,000

Perpetrators of Sexual Violence Often Know the Victim

8 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the Victim

  • 19.5% are committed by a stranger
  • 39% are committed by an acquaintance
  • 33% are committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend
  • 6% are committed by more than one person or the victim cannot remember
  • 2.5% are committed by a non-spouse relative

The Majority of children and teen victims know the perpetrator.

Of sexual abuse cases reported to law enforcement, 93% of juvenile victims knew the perpetrator.

  • 59% were acquaintances.
  • 34% were family members.
  • 7% were strangers to the victim.
  • Victims of sexual violence who are incarcerated are most likely to be assaulted by jail or prison staff.
  • In jail or prison, 60 % of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by the institution’s staff.


Offenders are overwhelmingly male, ranging from adolescents to the elderly.

Some perpetrators are female. It is estimated that woman are the abusers in about 14% of cases reported among boys and 6% of cases reported among girls.

Approximately one- third of offenders are themselves juveniles.

23% of reported cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by individuals under the age of 18 only 14% of children who suffered sexual abuse were violated by an unknown perpetrator.

60% of children are sexually abused by someone in their social circle. Hence, the phrase “Stranger Danger” is misleading.

Meta-analysis estimates that 14% of sexual offenders commit another sexual offense after five years, 25% after fifteen years.
Child Maltreatment 2010 reports that 6.2% of child abuses sexually abused a child.

40-80% of juvenile sex offenders have themselves been victims of sexual abuse.

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