Sexual Violence

Know the Facts

In 2007, there were 248,300 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual violence. (These figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.)

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

Here's the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey -- the country's largest and most reliable crime study -- there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available).

There are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year. That makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 248,300 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 127 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes.

U.S. Department of Justice. 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey.

Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
28% are an intimate.
7% are a relative

More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occured within 1 mile of their home or at their home.

•4 in 10 take place at the victim's home.
•2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative.
•1 in 12 take place in a parking garage. 43% of rapes occur between 6:00pm and midnight.
•24% occur between midnight and 6:00am.
•The other 33% take place between 6:00am and 6:00pm

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