Sexual Assault Statistics

Sexual assault statistics vary with each state and according to each year. Many sexual assault cases go un-reported. Some states have higher sexual offenses than others.

Reported Offenses

In previous statistics is has been calculated that the reports in a single year include more than sixty-one hundred forcible rape cases to be reported, more than fourteen hundred forcible sodomy cases to be reported, and more than thirty-six hundred forcible fondling cases to be reported. This brought the total number of cases reported to more than eleven thousand with just over three thousand arrests made for forcible sexual offenses in a single year.

Male Victims

According to RAINN, one in every thirty-three American men, three percent, have been exposed to a rape attempt or a complete rape in his lifetime. In 2003 it was reported that one in every ten rape victims was male. According to the same study, nearly three million men in the United States have been victims of rape or sexual assault.

Child Victims

According to RAINN about fifteen percent of all sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of twelve, about twenty-nine percent are between the ages of twelve and seventeen, nearly forty-four percent are under eighteen-years-old, and eighty percent of all rape or sexual assault victims are under the age of thirty. It is said that the ages of the highest risk for sexual assault are between the ages of twelve and thirty-four.

Girls between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are four times more likely to be victims of sexual assault or rape than any other persons in the general populations. These include rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault in general. Seven percent of all girls in grades from fifth to eighth and twelve percent of girls in grades ninth to twelfth have been sexually abused. In parallel only three percent of boys in grades fifth to eighth and five percent of boys in grades ninth to twelfth have reported sexual assault.

In 1995 child protection services identified 126,000 children as victims of either indicated or substantiated sexual abuse. Over these over seventy-five percent were female victims, almost thirty percent were between the ages of four and seven, and ninety-three percent of these victims knew their attacker. In these attackers over thirty-four percent were family members, over fifty-eight percent were acquaintances, and seven percent were complete strangers.

Female Victims

It has been reported that one out of ever six American women has been victim to attempted rape or complete rape in her lifetime. Nearly eighteen million women in America have been victims of rape or attempted rape. In the year 2003 it was reported that nine out of ten rape victims was female.

Victim Tendencies

Due to particular circumstances, rape victims are prone to specific tendencies. These victims are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, thirteen times more likely to abuse alcohol, twenty-six more times likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Rape and Pregnancies

According to medical reports, pregnancy from a one-time unprotected sexual incident is five percent. RAINN thus estimates that in 2005 there were more than thirty-two hundred pregnancies as a result of rape out of more than sixty-four thousand reported cases. According to NOW approximately six hundred women are raped daily.