Sexual assault is a worldwide epidemic, recognized recently as a public health crisis. Here are some facts. (Sources are hyper-linked within the bullet point.)
- In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported experiencing rape in their lifetimes.
- The majority of victims of all types of sexual violence knew their perpetrators.
- The rate of false reporting for sexual assault is in the range of 2-8%
- A woman’s chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
- Prevalence ranges widely in countries around the world. In Japan, 15% of surveyed women reported physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives; in Ethiopia, the figure was 71%.
- Rape in the Native population is as high as 1 in 3
These are a few facts, among many.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet.