SEXUAL ASSAULT STATISTICS

Statistics:

  • An average 233,986 Americans age 12 and older are sexually assaulted each year.
  •  Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

Who Are the Victims:

 Gender:

  •  1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • Among all victims, about nine out of ten are female.
  •  1 out of every 33 American men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime.
  •   About 10% of all victims are male.

   Age:

  • Age of sexual assault victims: 15% are under age 12.
  • 29% are age 12-17 o
  • 44% are under age 18 o 80% are under age 30
  •  Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years
  •  Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault.

 Race:  Estimated persons raped in lifetime by gender and race:

 Women 

  • 17.7% of white women
  • 18.8% of African-American women
  •  6.8% of Asian / Pacific Islander women
  •  34.1% of American Indian / Alaskan Native women
  •  24.4% mixed race women
  •  14.6% of Hispanic women

Men

  •  2.8% of white men
  •  3.3% of African-American men
  •  4.4% of mixed race men
  •  The sample size was too small to estimate for Asian/ Pacific Islander and American Indian / Alaskan Native men

Effects of Rape:

 Physical Injuries:

  • occur in 100% of completed rapes
  • occur in  39% of attempted rapes
  • 17% sexual assaults against females result in injured victims
  • 33% of victims sustain minor (bruises and chipped teeth) physical injuries
  • 5% of victims sustain major (broken bones and gunshot wounds) injuries
  • 61% of victims sustain undetermined injuries
  •  Only around 36% of injured victims receive medical care.

 Mental Health Victims of sexual assault are:

  •  3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  •  6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  •  26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
  •  4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Economic:

  • About 1 in 11 sexual assault victims reported that they suffered some economic loss as a consequence of the crime.
  • The average economic loss (in 1997) was about $200
  • Nearly 7% of victims reported losing time from work.

Caring House has a sexual assault advocate who wants to assist anyone who has experienced  sexual assault.

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GARDEN OF HOPE

Caring House has been working on a project to honor victims of domestic violence.  This garden is in it’s infant stages as you can see by the pictures posted here.   Families in shelter or counseling can visit this site and receive the message that the community does care about them and the struggles they are facing with domestic violence and sexual abuse. 

Amongst the small garden patio made of bricks are memorial bricks honoring contributors, family members, friends, etc.  If you are interested in purchasing a brick to show your support to victims or if you would like to purchase a brick in memory of someone, please talk to a Caring House staff person.