National Statistics

Sexual violence*

  • Between 20-25 percent of college women experience an attempted or completed rape over the course of a five-year college career.
  • Men are victims of sexual assault, too. About three percent of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • For both completed and attempted rapes, about nine in 10 offenders were known to the victim.
  • Victims of sexual assault are: three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.
  • Approximately one in eight lesbian women (13 percent) and nearly half of bisexual women (46 percent) have been raped in their lifetime.

*Statistics from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, as well as the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Partner violence*

  • Nearly one in three (29 percent) of college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.
  • Forty-three percent of college women and 28 percent of college men report experiencing at least one of the following behaviors in a dating relationship: controlling behavior, verbal abuse, abuse via technology, physical abuse, sexual abuse, threats of physical violence, pressure to use alcohol and drugs.
  • Threats of suicide and self-harm were the number one reason college students reported staying in an abusive relationship.
  • Approximately one-­fifth of self-identi­fied lesbian and heterosexual women (20 percent and  22 percent, respectively) and one-half of bisexual women (48 percent) reported they were concerned for their safety and/or reported at least one post-traumatic stress disorder symptom (20 percent, 46 percent, and 22 percent, respectively)

*Statistics from the Knowledge Network’s “2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll” and the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

Stalking*

  • One in three bisexual women (37 percent) and one in six heterosexual women (16 percent) have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.  
  • One in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know. Sixty-six percent of female victims and 41 percent of male victims are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • More than half of female victims and more than one-third of male victims of stalking indicated that they were stalked before the age of 25.

*Statistics from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey and the National Center for Victims of Crime