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Statistics

Every 68 Seconds An American is Sexually Assaulted.

Who is affected by sexual violence?

  • Every 68 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. (1)
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted). (2)
  • 1 in 6 men has been sexually abused or assaulted. (3)
  • 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted (4) 
Holding Hands
  1. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2019 (2020). Note: RAINN applies a 5-year rolling average to adjust for changes in the year-to-year NCVS survey data.

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

  3. https://1in6.org/get-information/the-1-in-6-statistic/

  4. David Cantor, Bonnie Fisher, Susan Chibnall, Reanna Townsend, et. al. Association of American Universities (AAU), Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct (September 21, 2015). ("Victim services agency” is defined in this study as a “public or privately funded organization that provides victims with support and services to aid their recovery, offer protection, guide them through the criminal justice process, and assist with obtaining restitution.” RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)

Where do sexual assaults usually occur? 

  • 55% of sexual assaults occur at or near the victim's home
  • 15% occur in an open public place
  • 12% occur at or near a relative's home
  • 10% in an enclosed but public area, such as a parking lot or garage
  • 8% occur on school property

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010 (2013). (Due to rounding, this statistic may not total 100%. RAINN presents this data for educational purposes only, and strongly recommends using the citations to review any and all sources for more information and detail.)

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Need to Talk?

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