Statistics – Rape

Statistics - Rape

Who Are The Victims?

  • According to the US Department of Justice, one person is raped every 2.7 minutes in the United States.[1]

  • 1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed
    rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).[2]

  • 1 in 33 American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.[3]

  • 77% of rapes/sexual assaults were perpetrated by someone known to the victim (a
    • 47% of are a friend or acquaintance.
    • 25% are an intimate.
    • 5% are a relative.
  • More than half of rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home.[1]

  • In 2005, victims age 12 or older experienced 191,670 rapes/sexual assaults.[4]

  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12.[5]

  • 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 18.[5]

  • In 2005, 65% of all rapes and sexual assaults were not reported to law enforcement. [6]

  • People ages 16 to 19 had a higher rate of sexual victimization of any age group.[5]

  • 66% of all prostitutes were sexually abused as children.[7]

  • A review of sexual assault cases in an emergency department found that 12% of cases were identified as suspected drug-facilitated cases.[8]

  • Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.[5]

What Are The Effects Of Rape?

  • 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 and 4 times more likely to contemplate

  • In 2004-2005, 64,080 women were raped. According to medical reports,
    the incidence of pregnancy for one-time unprotected sexual intercourse is 5%. By applying the pregnancy rate to 64,080 women, RAINN estimates that there were 3,204 pregnancies as a result of
    rape during that period.[3]

  • Women who experienced sexual abuse as a child are 2 to 3 times more
    likely to be sexually assaulted later in life.[10]


[1] US Department of Justice 2005 National Crime Victimization Study, 2005.

[2] National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.

[3] Rape, Abuse and Incest Network (RAINN) RAINN,

[4] Shannan M. Catalano, “Criminal Victimization, 2005,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005),3.

[5] US Department of Justice Sex Offense and Offenders Study. 1997.

[6] United States Department of Justice, Victimization Not Reported to Police, 2006-2010, NCJ238536.

[7] Silbert, M. “Compounding Factors in the Rape of Street Prostitutes.” Cited in Wolbert-Burgess, A. Rape and Sexual Assault II. Garland Publishing, Inc. New York 1988, p.77.

[8] Margret J. McGregor et al., “An exploratory Analysis of Suspected Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Seen in a Hospital Emergency Department,” Women and Health 37, no. 3 (2003).

[9] World Health Organization. 2002 (

[10] Arata, C. (2002) Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Revictimization. Clinical Psychology, 9: 135-164.