For those that may not be aware, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), Culture Connect intends to do all that we can to bring awareness. To begin this month we wanted to share some statistics provided by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Statistics about Sexual Assault Awareness in the U.S.
• One in five women and one in 67 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Smith et al., 2017).
• In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them (Black et al., 2011).
• Nearly one in two women and one in five men have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime (Miller, Cohen, & Wiersema, 1996).
• By the time people were 17 years old, 57 percent of women and 42 percent of men had experienced some form of sexual abuse (Kearl, 2018).
• Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police (Rennison, 2002).
• Despite misconceptions, the prevalence of false reporting for sexual assault crimes is low – between two percent and 10 percent (National Sexual Violence Resource Center [NSVRC], 2012).
• Forty-six percent of lesbians, 74 percent of bisexual women, 43 percent of heterosexual women, 40 percent of gay men, 47 percent of bisexual men, and 20 percent of heterosexual men reported experiencing sexual violence other than rape during
their lifetimes (Black et al., 2011).
• Only 48 percent of men view verbal harassment as sexual assault, and only 67 percent of men say “sexual intercourse where one of the partners is pressured to give their consent” is sexual assault (NSVRC, 2017).
Learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and national efforts to prevent sexual violence at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam.