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
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