Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is defined as any sex act that is attempted or completed by force, threat of force, or coercion against another person's will.  


  • 80 - 85% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known the victim.

  • 57% of rapes occur on dates.

  • 43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behaviors to have sex, including ignoring a woman's protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse.  Only 15% acknowledged having committed rape.


  • The majority of stranger rapists tend to target their victims from afar, such as seeing her in a parking lot or walking in the neighborhood.

  • Stranger rapists are more likely than acquaintance rapists to utilize a weapon.


  • Gang rape involves three or more assailants.  Typically there is one leader, and the rest are co-offenders.

  • The amount of brutality and aggression increases in relation to the number of active participants.

  • Gang rape is most often committed by fraternity men and athletes.

  • Approximately 10% of rapes and sexual assaults are committed by multiple assailants.


  • 10 - 14% of all married women have been raped by their husbands.

  • Women who did not finish high school reported four times more incidence of marital rape than women who received their diplomas.

  • In the United States, marital rape did not become a crime in all 50 states until 1994.


  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually victimized before the age of 18.

  • 1 out of every 5 rape victims is under the age of 12.

  • For 60% of "sexually active" girls under the age of 14, their only sexual experience had been a rape.

  • Childhood sexual abuse is highly associated with future revictimization.


  • Approximately 10% of rape victims are men.

  • Rapists who rape men are heterosexual in 98% of the cases.  (Remember - rape is a crime about power and control, not sex.)

  • In cases of male rape, a weapon is used more often, and the associated violence results in more serious physical injuries.