Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.


About 10% of high school students were sexually assaulted in 2017, with females (15 %) experiencing higher rates than males (4.3%) 

CDC’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior 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.

Randall, Melanie and Haskell, Lori. 1995. “Sexual Violence in Women’s Lives: Findings from the Women’s Safety Project, A Community-Based Survey.”

By the time students are done with (secondary) school, 81% have experienced some sort of sexual harassment. 

(Gruber & Fineran, 2007)

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. 

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

15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12 

U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders. 1997. 

1 in 2 rape victims is under age 18; 1 in 6 is under age 12. 

Child Rape Victims, 1992. U.S. Department of Justice.

10.5% of all high school-age girls have been sexually assaulted. 

U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention 2012 

Of female Americans who are raped, 54% of them experience this type of sexual abuse for the first time before they are 18. 

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. 

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. 

Hoff, T., Greene, L. & Davis, J. (2003). National survey of adolescents: Sexual health knowledge, attitudes, and experiences.