Prevent Sexual Assault

April 4, 2019


The effects of sexual assault are devastating, life altering and lifelong. Sexual assault is an “everyone problem.” Embrace zero tolerance. Be a part of the solution. Learn how at: https://www.nsvrc.org/friends-family

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “Sexual violence continues to be a major public health problem affecting millions of adults and children in the United States.”

The consequences of sexual assault are considerable and include:

  • sexually transmitted infections
  • mental health disorders (anxiety, depression)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • unintended pregnancy
  • sleep disorders
  • sexual dysfunction
  • substance abuse
  • suicide

As reported by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, some of the sobering statistics are:

Sexual Assault in the United States

  • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
  • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance
  • Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women have been subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
  • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are male
  • In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator
  • Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work

Cost & Impact of Sexual Assault

  • The lifetime cost of rape per victim is $122,461
  • Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving, including fatalities ($61 billion)
  • 81% of women and 35% of men report significant short- or long-term impacts such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Child Sexual Abuse

  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old
  • 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time of their first completed rape
  • 12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization
  • 27.8% of men were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization
  • 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults
  • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members of the child
  • The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14 years old, and the average age at which boys first become victims of prostitution is 11-13 years old
  • Only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities

The effects of sexual assault are devastating, life altering and lifelong. Sexual assault is an “everyone problem.” Embrace zero tolerance. Be a part of the solution. Learn how at: https://www.nsvrc.org/friends-family

Reference:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, 2019. Committee Opinion: Sexual Assault. Online [available at]:  https://www.acog.org/Search?Keyword=sexual+assault Accessed April 1, 2019.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2019. Statistics. Online [available at] : https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics Accessed April 1, 2019.