Understand that sexual assault can happen to anyone of any age, gender, race, and socioeconomic background. It can happen at any time or place. Assailants may be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Perpetrators may use violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, or other forms of pressure or deception to commit sexual assault.

  • Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives.
  • In the United States, one in 71 men (1.4%) have experienced rape or attempted rape.
  • An estimated 32.3% of multiracial women,
  • 27.5% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were raped during their lifetimes
  • 21.2% of non-Hispanic black women were raped during their lifetimes
  • 20.5% of non-Hispanic white women were raped during their lifetimes
  • 13.6% of Hispanic women were raped during their lifetimes
  • More than 50% of the women who have been raped, report they were raped by an intimate partner
  • 40% of the women who report having been raped were acquainted with the rapist
  • 79% of female victims report they experienced rape before age 25
  • 42% of female victims report they experienced rape before the age of 18
  • 1 in 4 male victims (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years old or younger

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