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Updated Statistics, George Mason University

“In the United States:

  • It is estimated that one in three American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
  • 89% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
  • For every sexual assault reported to the police, between three and 10 to unreported.
  • A woman is sexually assaulted every two to three minutes

In Virginia:

  • It is estimated that one in four women has been a victim of sexual assault.
  • It is estimated that one in eight men has been the victim of sexual violence.
  • The cost to society works out to approximately $3,595,885,620 annually.  These costs make sexual assault the costliest crime–even above murder.
  • 77% of sexual assault victims are female.
  • The prevalence of sexual assault is highest in females 18-24 years old.
  • The prevalence of sexual assault is highest in males 25-29 years old.
  • The prevalence of sexual assault was the highest among college females-32%.
  • 78% of female victims are first sexually assaulted while under the age of 18.
  • 94% of male victims are first sexually assaulted while under the age of 18.
  • 84% of victims are assaulted by someone they know.
  • The rate of female victimization is 1%, higher than the national average of 0.3%.

On College Campuses:

  • One in three college women will experience a sexual assault in her lifetime.
  • 90% of sexual assaults were committed by acquaintances; 60% took place in the victim’s residence.
  • Nearly 5% of college women are victimized during any given year.
  • 70% of sexual assaults happened during a date.
  • 66.3% of college women are victimized off-campus.
  • Less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes are reported to law enforcement.
  • 3% of college men report surviving rape or attempted rape as a child or adult.

The most frequent times that date sexual assaults occur are:

  • During the freshman year in college.
  • During the senior year in high school or the summer right after.
  • On the weekends.
  • On the second or third date, although the most violent attacks usually occur on the first date.

After the Rape:

Throughout the last 10 years, the National Crime victimization Survey has reported that approximately:

  • 30%of rape survivors report the incident to the police.
  • 42%of rape survivors had sex again with the rapist.
  • 30%of rape survivors contemplate suicide after the rape.
  • 82% of rape survivors say the rape permanently changed them.
  • The adult pregnancy rate associated with rape is estimated to be 4.7%
  • Non-genital physical injuries occur in approximately 40% of rape cases.


1. Adapted from VAASA Volunteer Manuel, 2nd Edition, 1998

2.  Virginians Allied Against Sexual Assault, Annual Summary of Services, 2002.

3.  The National Center for Victims of Crime, Statistical Overview.

4.  Center for injury and Violence Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, April 2003.

5.  U.S. Department of Justice, 2000.  National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

6.  George Mason University Counseling Center”, last updated April 1, 2009

Thank you George Mason University.  You can find out much more excellent  information on this site.

Just one note again on how our language gets confusing.  Under After the Rape note the one bullet that says “42% of rape survivors had sex again with the rapist.”  That 42% may have had sex with their attacker at some later date, but it was not “sex again.”  The rape was not sex.  We can help one another get our thinking and language clear.

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