Sexual Violence in the United States
- Nearly 1 in 5 (18.3%) women and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives.
- Approximately 1 in 20 women and men (5.6% and 5.3%, respectively) experienced sexual violence other than rape, such as being made to penetrate someone else, sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or non-contact unwanted sexual experiences, in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-datasheet-a.pdf
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
- One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college
- More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault
- 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes
- Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police
- The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%.
Source: NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/publications_nsvrc_factsheet_media-packet_statistics-about-sexual-violence_0.pdf
What Happens To Rapists When They Are Caught And Reported?
- 60% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to police, according to a statistical average of the past 5 years. Those rapists, of course, never spend a day in prison. Factoring in unreported rapes, only about 6% of rapists ever serve a day in jail.
- If a rape is reported, there is a 50.8% chance of an arrest.
- If an arrest is made, there is an 80% chance of prosecution.
- If there is a prosecution, there is a 58% chance of conviction.
- If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69% chance the convict will spend time in jail.
- So even in the 39% of attacks that are reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the rapist will end up in prison.
- Factoring in unreported rapes, about 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.
Source: CMSAC (Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center) https://cmsac.org/facts-and-statistics/
- Records of sexual violence in the U.S. are under-filed because police officers tend to wrongly assume that around one-third of accusations are false or unfounded.
Source: Yung, Corey Rayburn. "How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America's Hidden Rape Crisis." Iowa Law Review 99.3 (2014): 1197-1256. Web.
- "The idea that women lie about rape is a long standing rape myth with little or no supporting evidence."
Source: McMillan, Lesley. "Police Officers’ Perceptions of False Allegations of Rape. Journal of Gender Studies (2016): 1-13. Web.
- Many perpetrators are unaware that they have committed violence.
Source: "My Rapist Might Not Know He’s a Rapist" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jess-davidson-/my-rapist-might-not-know-hes-a-rapist_b_9091426.html
Sexual Violence at the University of Denver
Source: Campus Safety http://www.du.edu/campussafety/media/documents/csftr20161025.pdf