National Statistics

  • Every day, hundreds of Americans are affected by sexual violence.
  • Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men report being raped during their lifetime.

  • 45.9% of South Carolina women and 17.8% of men in our state report being victims of sexual violence or coercion other than rape. (http://www.sccadvasa.org/sexual-assault/)
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.
  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
    • As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the U.S. had been victims of attempted or completed rape.
    • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
    • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.

    • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
    • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD nine months after the rape.
    • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.
    • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
    • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.

 

 

Children & Teens

  • Every 8 minutes, child protective services substantiates, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse.
  • Child victims often know their perpetrator. Among cases reported to law enforcement:

-93% are known to the victim

-59% are acquaintances

-34% are family members

-7% are a stranger

  • Of all victims under 18, 2 out of 3 are ages 12-17.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault
  • One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.

 

 

Effects of Child Abuse

  • The effects of child sexual abuse can be long lasting and affect the victim’s mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:
  • About 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse
  • About 4 times more likely to experience PTSD as adults
  • About 3 times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults

 

Campus Sexual Assault

  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
  • 2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).
  • Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
  • 2% of students have experienced stalking since entering college
  • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • Only 20% of female student victims, ages 18-24, report to law enforcement.
  • Only 32% of nonstudent females the same age DO make a report.
  • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November.
  • Students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college.