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Sexual Assault Statistics

Sexual predators are a very real and very dangerous aspect of the society we live in. This weekend in Slidell, LA local law enforcement took another pedophile off the streets. It happened during a Mardi Gras parade, the wife of a local police officer noticed a man who appeared to be taking photos of a young girl. The wife told her husband who then watched and confirmed that the man was taking photos of the girls underpants as she sat of the sidewalk. The officer flagged down on-duty officers who confronted the man and quickly confiscated huge amounts of child porn from his vehicle. Officers also found a 9mm handgun and rope in the vehicle? A search warrant of his home exposed books, magazines, thumb drive files and more. Police determined this guy had a hidden room in his home. Once inside investigators said what they found was "very disturbing". I thought is would be both informative and beneficial to provide you with these sexual assault statistics. Sexual Assault Statistics
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
  • 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.
Lifetime Rate of Rape/Attempted Rape for Women by Race
  • All women: 17.6%
  • White women: 17.7%
  • Black women: 18.8%
  • Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
  • American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
  • Mixed race women: 24.4%
Men About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.1 In 2003, 1 in every ten rape victims were male.
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
Children 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3
  • 29% are age 12-17.
  • 44% are under age 18.3
  • 80% are under age 30.3
  • 12-34 are the highest risk years.
  • Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
  • 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
  • 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
  • Of these, 75% were girls.
  • Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
  • 34.2% of attackers were family members.
  • 58.7% were acquaintances.
  • Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
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.
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
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