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...Another Woman Will Be Raped


A National Shame
Recent statistics show that rape is still all too prevalent in America.

  • According to The National Women's Study, 683,000 forcible rapes occur every year; which equals 56,916 per month; 1,871 per day; 78 per hour; and 1.3 per minute {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}
  • In 1999, law enforcement agencies received reports of an estimated 89,107 forcible rapes {Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Statistics, 2000.}
  • The FBI estimates that 64 of every 100,000 females in the United States were raped last year {Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Statistics, 2000.}
  • Despite an overall drop in overall crime rates, there was a 20 percent increase in rapes, and a 33.3 percent increase in sexual assaults in 1999 {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}
  • An estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}


Silent Victims
One of the most startling aspects of sex crimes is how many go unreported. The most common reasons given by women for not reporting these crimes are the belief that it is a private or personal matter and the fear of reprisal from the assailant.

  • Approximately 28 percent of victims are raped by husbands or boyfriends, 35 percent by acquaintances, and 5 percent by other relatives. The rest are perpetrated by strangers. {Violence against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.}
  • The FBI estimates that only 37 percent of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26 percent of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.
  • In 1994-1995, 251,560 rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials - less than one in every three. {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996.}
  • An overwhelming majority of rape service agencies believe that public education about rape, and expanded counseling and advocacy services for rape victims, would be effective in increasing the willingness of victims to report rates to the police. {Rape in America, 1992. National Victim Center with Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.}


Living In Fear
According to the U.S. Department of Justice: {All statistics are taken from: Violence against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.}

  • One of every four rapes take place in a public area or in a parking garage.
  • Thirty-one percent of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger.
  • Sixty-eight percent of rapes occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • At least 45 percent of rapists were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • In 29 percent of rapes, the offender used a weapon.
  • In 47 percent of rapes, the victim sustained injuries other than rape injuries.
  • Seventy-five percent of female rape victims require medical care after the attack.

 

Not Just A Family Matter
Family violence and abuse are among the most prevalent forms of interpersonal violence against women and young children -- both boys and girls. The sexual abuse of a child should never be "just a family matter," but many children are afraid to report an incident to the police because the abusers are too often a family friend or relative. {All statistics are taken from: Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.}

  • Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18); 34 percent of all victims were under age 12.
  • One of every 7 victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were under age 6.
  • Forty percent of the offenders who victimized children under age 6 were juveniles (under the age of 18).


Face of America

  • Females 18 years of age and over comprise the largest category of women forcibly raped in 1998 (45.6 percent). Forty percent of rape victims were ages 12 to 17 and 12.4 percent were ages 0 to 11. {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1999.}
  • About 81 percent of rape victims are white; 18 percent are black; 1 percent are of other races. {National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1999.}
  • About half of all rape victims are in the lowest third of income distribution; half are in the upper two thirds. {Violence against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.}

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