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THE COST OF RAPE
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.
· 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 ABUSE STATISTICS
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.
PREVALENCE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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.
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.
What to do if you've been assaulted: