Fast Facts

These statistics provide a snapshot of sexual violence’s pervasiveness. Whether you are aware of it or not, you know at least one person who has been impacted by sexual assault.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. 1
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in America has been the victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. 
  • Girls ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
  • 44% of sexual assault victims are under age 18. º
  • Nearly 15 % of victims of sexual assault are under the age of six. 3
  • Someone in the US is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.
  • Victims of sexual assault are 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
  • Sexual assault is the most under-reported violent crime in the U.S. Only 46% of sexual assaults have been reported over the past 5 years.º
  • Only about 2% of all sexual assault and human trafficking accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crime. 4
  • In 4 out of 5 rape cases, the victim knows the perpetrator. 2
  • 93 % of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.



  1. Finkelhor, David, et al (1991). “Sexual Abuse in a National Survey of Adult Men and Women: Prevalence, Characteristics and Risk Factors,” Child Abuse and Neglect, Vol. 14, 19-28.
  2. Kilpatrick, Saunders, and Smith (2003). “Youth Victimization: Prevalence and Implications,” NCJ 194972, Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice.
  3. Stimson and Best (1991). “Courage Above All: Sexual Assault Against Women with Disabilities,” Toronto: Disabled Women’s Network.
  4. Ramsey-Klawsnik (2000). “Elder Sexual Abuse: Preliminary Findings,” Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 7(4), 61-74.

º Rape and Incest National Network.

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