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RCASA’s Friday Facts: Sexual Violence Facts at a Glance

In Advocacy, Art therapy, Education, Friday Facts, Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness, Therapy on July 2, 2010 at 8:00 am
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:1 • In the first rape experience of female victims, perpetrators were reported to be intimate partners (30.4%), family members (23.7%), and acquaintances (20%). • In the first rape experience of male victims, perpetrators were reported to be acquaintances (32.3%), family members (17.7%), friends (17.6%), and intimate partners (15.9%).

1 • 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. • A 2005 survey of high school students found that 10.8% of girls and 4.2% of boys from grades 9-12 were forced to have sexual intercourse at some time in their lives.3

REFERENCES:

1.Basile KC, Chen J, Lynberg MC, Saltzman LE. Prevalence and characteristics of sexual violence victimization. Violence and Victims 2007;22(4): 437-448. 2.Fisher BS, Cullen FT, Turner MG. 2000. The sexual victimization of college women. Washington: Department of Justice (US), National Institute of Justice; Publication No. NCJ 182369. 3.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States. 2005. Surveillance Summaries, 2006. MMWR 2006;55:SS-5. 4.Tjaden P, Thoennes N. 2006. Extent, nature, and consequences of rape victimization: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington: US Department of Justice; Publication No. NCJ210346. 5.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System [online]. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [cited 2007 July 09]. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/

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