• Women and girls are the vast majority of victims:
Nearly 1 in 5 women has been raped in her lifetime.
• Men and boys, however, are also at risk:
1 in 71 men – or almost 1.6 million – have been raped during their lives.
• Women of all races are targeted, but some are more vulnerable than others:
33.5% of multiracial women have been raped, as have 27% of American Indian and Alaska Native women, compared to 15% of Hispanic, 22% of Black, and 19% of White women.
• Most victims know their perpetrators:
51% of female victims were raped by a current or former intimate partner, and 41% were raped by an acquaintance. Stranger rape, in contrast, accounts for 14% of the total. Of men and boys, 52% report being raped by an acquaintance and 15% by a stranger.
• Repeat victimization is common:
Over a third of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults.
• The majority of perpetrators are male:
98% of female and 93% of male rape survivors report that their assailants were male.
• Young people are especially at risk:
Nearly half of female survivors were raped before they were 18, and over one-quarter of male survivors were raped before they were 10. College students are particularly vulnerable: 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college.
- Other populations are also at higher risk of being raped or sexually assaulted, including people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, prison inmates (of both genders), and the homeless.
- Undocumented immigrants face unique challenges, because their abusers often threaten to have them deported if they try to get help.
(These statistics were obtained from the January 2014 White House Counsel on Sexual Assault Report. Click here to view full report.)