By the Numbers

Sexual assault is not just a woman’s issue; rather, sexual assault is everyone’s issue.  It crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.It doesn’t reject anyone. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted, and you probably have a friend, family member, classmate, co-worker, or roommate that has been sexually assaulted. But because these crimes are less likely to be reported, most rapists will never spend a day in jail.

In the case of sexual assault, statistics are never truly accurate because so many survivors are afraid to come forward. However, these are just a few of the numbers that have recently been reported.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience sexual assault during their lifetime
  • 10,000 female students could experience more than 350 rapes a year (Fisher, Cullen & Turner, 2000)
  • In a study of 6,000 female survivors on 32 college campuses, 42% told no one and only 5% reported to police (National Institute of Justice)
  • 85%-90% of college women who experience sexual assault know their attacker
  • 60% occur on dates (Johnson & Sigler 1996)
  • First year college students are disproportionately affected
  • Individuals living off-campus report higher rates of sexual assault than those living on campus (BJS, 2000)
  • 75%-90% of college sexual assaults involve alcohol