Sexual Assault

Information from the Rape Treatment Center

Rape is generally defined as forced or non-consensual sexual intercourse.

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Rape may be accomplished by fear, threats of harm, and/or actual physical force.  Rape may also include situations in which penetration is accomplished when the victim is unable to give consent, or is prevented from resisting, due to being intoxicated, drugged, unconscious, or asleep.

Sexual assault is a broader term than rape. It includes various types of unwanted sexual touching or penetration without consent, such as forced sodomy (anal intercourse), forced oral copulation (oral-genital contact), rape by a foreign object (including a finger), and sexual battery (the unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual arousal).

The term “drug-facilitated sexual assault” is generally used to define situations in which victims are subjected to nonconsensual sexual acts while they are incapacitated or unconscious due to the effects of alcohol and/or other drugs and are therefore, prevented from resisting and/or are unable to give consent.

Information from the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network

  • Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America , someone is sexually assaulted.
  • One in six American women are victims of sexual assault, and one in 33 men.
  • In 2004-2005, there were an average annual 200,780 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
  • About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.
  • Since 1993, rape/sexual assault has fallen by over 69%.

In 2005, there were 191,670 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assaults according to the 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey.

Of the average annual 200,780 victims in 2004-2005, about 64,080 were victims of completed rape, 51,500 were victims of attempted rape, and 85,210 were victims of sexual assault.

One of six victims are under age 12.

  • 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
  • 38% of perpetrators were a friend or acquaintance of the victim.
  • 28% were an intimate.
  • 7% were another relative.