Statistics

Statistics underscore the prevalence of violence in our communities. It is urgent that we stand up against domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse:

Sexual assault statistics

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 out of 6 men are sexually abused in their lifetime; Department of Justice)
  • In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knows the attacker; (Department of Justice)
  • Nearly 6 out of 10 sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home or the home of a friend, relative or neighbor; (Department of Justice)
  • 13.3 percent of college women say they have been forced to have sex in a dating situation; (Journal of Interpersonal Violence)
  • Only 28 percent of victims report their sexual assault to the police; (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • Only about 2 percent of all sexual assaults reported to police turn out to be false; (Department of Justice)
  • Among developmentally disabled adults, up to 83 percent of females and 32 percent of males are victims of sexual violence; (Disabled Women’s Network)
  • Each year, an estimated 25,000 American women will become pregnant following an act of sexual violence. (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

Child abuse statistics

  • A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds; (American Society for the Positive Care of Children)
  • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach 18; (Department of Justice)
  • More than 4 children die each day because of child abuse; (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • More than 90 percent of child sexual abuse victims know their attacker; (“Sexual Assault of Young Children As Reported to Law Enforcement” by Howard Snyder)
  • Approximately 70 percent of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4; (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • About 30 percent of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the cycle of violence; (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion. (2012 Child Abuse & Neglect report)

Domestic abuse statistics

  • A person is abused in the United States every 9 seconds; (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • On average, 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in the United States; (Bureau of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)
  • 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner; (National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey)
  • 66 percent of female stalking victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner; (National Stalking Resource Center)
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in police involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment and lost productivity at companies; (Safe Horizon/Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts)
  • More than 15 million children witness domestic violence each year in the United States; (Journal of Family Psychology)
  • 3,500 to 4,000 children witness fatal family violence annually in the United States; (National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence)
  • 1 in 4 victims of intimate partner violence are gay, lesbian, transgender or queer. (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs)

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