30 Alarming Statistics That Show The Reality Of Sexual Violence In America

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Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. That means every single day more than 570 people experience sexual violence in this country.

Sexual violence permeates our culture, from violent rape scenes on hit TV shows to sexist dress codes that reinforce rape culture; from famous athletes telling young girls they’re “supposed to be silent,” to near-daily stories of sexual assaults on college campuses; from a former Olympic doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 100 women, to a President of The United States who has been publicly accused of sexually assaulting more than 15 women and was recorded boasting that he grabs women “by the pussy.”

All of these examples create a culture that reinforces the normalization of sexual violence.

Since the first step toward preventing sexual violence is understanding the reality of it, we’ve rounded up 30 statistics that show just how insidious it is for National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Sexual violence is a problem that is deeply rooted in our culture, and these numbers prove that.

The estimated number of women who have been the victims of rape since 1998.



The percentage of perpetrators of sexual violence that will walk free.



The percentage of female rape survivors who will attempt suicide.



The percentage of trans people who will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes.


The total amount of money rape costs victims every year in the U.S., excluding child sexual abuse.

The age range that women are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. Female college students ages 18-24 are three times more likely than women in the general population to experience sexual violence.


The fraction of American women who have survived an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes.



The amount of times trans people of color are more likely to experience sexual violence than the general population.

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