It’s a sobering fact that sexual assault is one of the most prevalent crimes committed in American society. While work has been done in our culture to empower victims, the statistics of sexual assault don’t lie. We must hold perpetrators accountable and remove the stigma around reporting an assault to see real progress on the issue.
According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), an American is sexually assaulted every 62 seconds. This means that over half a million people are raped or victims of sexual assault every year. To say there is a sexual assault crisis in our society may be a dramatic understatement, especially given that approximately 63% of sexual assaults go unreported.
Today, we’re going to go through statistics about sexual assault to ensure people are properly informed and outline some support resources for survivors.
In an attempt to better understand the vast nature of the problem, we’ve collected these sexual assault statistics.
Adolescents and young adults seem to be at the epicenter of the sexual assault crisis in America. They are disproportionately victimized by other age groups, as outlined in these sexual abuse statistics:
College campuses are a particularly dangerous place for sexual assault, especially for young women early in their college careers. Numerous problems lead to these high statistics. Universities have not funded enough resources to help victims and courts previously have protected abusers over victims. Consider the People v. Brock Turner, one of the most famous cases of rape in the US. The perpetrator was only given six months of jail time, and he was released after three.
Unfortunately, universities are also rampant with parties that have excessive alcohol and drug use, and young people who don’t know their limits. Add in harmful fraternity traditions that normalize sexual violence, and you have a ticking time bomb.
Even with this known information, there is much to be studied about why this happens and also the reporting structures that are in place to help those who are impacted. Here are some of the facts about sexual assault on college campuses.
The impact of sexual assault has both near-term and long-term consequences. Often victims are left with non-visible scars that impact their mental well-being their entire life. Here are some of the long-term effects that sexual assault experiences can have on victims:
It can be hard to imagine who would sexually assault someone. But those criminals are out there, and we’ve outlined these sexual perpetrator statistics so you can better understand how to protect yourself and your family–as much as possible. It’s never the victim’s fault.
These statistics paint a dire picture of sexual assault in America. It is apparent that a large segment of the population is regularly victimized and suffers life-long mental health struggles as a result. One of the first steps toward a solution is making society aware of just how significant the problem is.
Additionally, these statistics point to the fact that there is another large portion of the American populace committing criminal sexual assault and likely not being held accountable. Our society must work to come to terms with the fact that this is a systemic issue. The CDC has outlined a five-prong analysis to stop the high rates of sexual violence in the US.
Working toward ending the sexual assault epidemic in our society is among some of the tasks we have before us. Identifying those most likely to be perpetrators and victims and bolstering the resources to prevent the behavior and treat victims are the first steps in accomplishing this.
If you’re a victim of sexual assault, you’re not alone. Please seek help through any of the following resources.
RAINN is a fantastic organization that offers free help 24/7 for anyone who’s experienced sexual assault or harassment. You can chat online at online.rainn.org or call 800-656-4673. Their website is also a great resource to learn about:
Domestic violence survivors are victims of sexual assault. Call, chat, or text their hotline to receive help. They also have safe browsing. If you need to quickly exit the page, all you have to do is press the escape key twice. This takes you back to Google’s home page.
1in6 is an organization dedicated to male sexual assault survivors. They are part of RAINN’s national hotline 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. They also offer an anonymous support group chat that’s facilitated by a counselor for anyone who needs ongoing support. For anyone who works with male sexual assault survivors, 1in6 has additional training on its website to better support these victims.