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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

SOS would like to share a few eye-opening and important facts with you.

Sexual Assault in the United States

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime; 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped

  • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance

  • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger

  • In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator

  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police

Child Sexual Abuse

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old

  • 12.3% of females and 27.8% of males were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization

  • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members of the child

  • It is estimated that 325,000 children per year are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation

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

Campus Sexual Assault

  • 3 million students were sexually assaulted in 2019

  • More than 1/5 of all stalking cases involve a direct attack on the victim

  • College women are 3x more likely to experience sexual violence; 27% of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact; Nearly two thirds of college students experience sexual harassment

  • 20% - 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college

  • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault

As you can see from these statistics, there is a crucial need for SOS services and community support towards sexual assault victims. There are a few key phrases you can use to show your support: “I’m so sorry this happened to you”, “I believe you”, “It’s not your fault”, and “What can I do to help you?”. SOS advocates for those affected by sexual assault. Please share the SOS 24/7 helpline (800-825-1295) or for resources and more information.

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