Some Noteworthy Facts & Figures

 

  1. Sexual violence involves a range of behavior that is used for power and control over another person or people.
  2. 73% of assaults are committed by non-strangers (friends or acquaintances, intimate partners, family members or relatives). For college students, this number is closer to 95%.
  3. Sexual violence can happen to anyone in a myriad of situations and settings. One’s behavior and manner of dress is never a justification for the violent actions of others. No one ever asks to be sexually assaulted.
  4. Survivors exhibit a wide range of emotional responses. Each survivor copes with the trauma of the assault in their own way. There is no “textbook” reaction to sexual assault.
  5. The majority of assaults are pre-planned. The perpetrator will vet their victim, whether that means earning the survivor’s trust, intentionally getting the survivor intoxicated, or stalking the survivor.
  6. The rate of unfounded reports is low and is estimated to be around 2-4%.
  7. 60% of sexual assaults go unreported.
  8. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men report an experience of sexual assault during their lifetime.