Statistics behind sexual assault and domestic violence


  • In a 2017 National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey, it was determined that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner; that’s more than 1.3m individuals
  • Nearly 23 million women and 1.7 million men have been the victims of completed or attempted rape at some point in their life
  • In the U.S., more than 27% of women and 11% of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime and experienced an intimate partner violence related impact
  • About 3% of American men, 1 in 33, have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
  • Of all female victims of completed rape 30% reported that their first such victimization occurred between the ages of 11 and 17


  • 7% of girls in grades 5 – 8 and 12% of girls in grades 9 – 12 said they had been sexually abused
  • 3% of boys grades 5 – 8 and 5% of boys in grades 9 – 12 said they had been sexually abused
  • Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7
  • 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker
  • More than one third (34.2%) of attackers were family members, 58.7% were acquaintances, and only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victims


  • 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

Our appreciation to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network for many of these statistics.

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