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The National Institute of Justice estimates that rape and other sexual assaults cause an annual minimum loss of 127 billion dollars, or about $508 per U.S. resident.


"Rape is the costliest crime; even higher than murder.”


 ~US Department of Justice, Victim Costs and Consequences: A New Look, 1996; Summary by Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault.


See:  The Economic Costs of Sexual Assault.



·     Approximately one in five (19.3%) of women experience rape in their lifetimes.

·     One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

·     43.9% of women will experience sexual violence (other than rape) during their lifetimes. 

·     23.4% of men will experience sexual violence (other than rape) during their lifetimes.



Sexual assault is associated with an increased lifetime rate of attempted suicide in women.


A history of sexual trauma before age 16 is a strong correlate of attempted suicide. 

Women who experience sexual assault report more somatic complaints, poorer perceptions of health, greater emotional distress, and increased use of medical services. 



·     81% of women and 35% of men report significant impacts such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

·     Rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion).

·     Health care cost is 16% higher for women who were sexually abused as children.



In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women (or greater than 23 million women) have been raped during their lifetimes. 


An estimated 43.9% of women experienced sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, and an estimated 5.5% of women were victims of sexual violence other than rape in the 12 months preceding the survey.



See:  Statistics on Sexual Abuse & Assault.


Sexual assault is associated with increased risks for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicide, and other mental and physical conditions." 

Sexual Assault & the Law 

 Rape is the most under-reported crime;

63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

 Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities. 

See: Child Sexual Abuse - Resources.


What to do if you've been assaulted:

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