Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.
CDC’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
About 10% of high school students were sexually assaulted in 2017, with females (15 %) experiencing higher rates than males (4.3%)
Randall, Melanie and Haskell, Lori. 1995. “Sexual Violence in Women’s Lives: Findings from the Women’s Safety Project, A Community-Based Survey.”
51% of the sexual assault cases studied in the Women’s Safety Project survey were committed against young women between 16 and 21 years old.
Gruber & Fineran, 2007
By the time students are done with (secondary) school, 81% have experienced some sort of sexual harassment.
Kilpatrick, D.G., Saunders, B.E., and Smith, D.W. (2003). Youth Victimization: Prevalence and Implications. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
According to the results of the National Survey of Adolescents, 8% of the sample (n=4,023) reported having been victims of sexual assault. 74% of these sexual assault victims indicated that they had been assaulted by someone they knew well, 32% were friends, 21% were family members, 23% were strangers. Nearly 31% of these sexual assaults occurred in the victim’s home or in the victim’s neighborhood (24%), another 15% occurred at the victim’s school.
U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders. 1997
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12
Child Rape Victims, 1992. U.S. Department of Justice
1 in 2 rape victims is under age 18; 1 in 6 is under age 12.
U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention 2012
10.5% of all high school-age girls have been sexually assaulted.
Black, M.C., et al. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of female Americans who are raped, 54% of them experience this type of sexual abuse for the first time before they are 18.
Hoff, T., Greene, L. & Davis, J. (2003). National survey of adolescents: Sexual health knowledge, attitudes, and experiences.
Only 13% of the sexual assault cases disclosed in the National Survey of Adolescents were reported to police, 6% to child protective services, 5% to school authorities, and 1.3% to other authorities. 86% of the sexual assaults went unreported.
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