Sexual Assault Fact Sheet (Spring 2003)

Rape/Sexual Assault

The violent crime offenses of murder and forcible rape both showed increases in 2002 when compared to 2001 numbers, with murder increasing 2.3 percent and forcible rape, 1.8 percent. (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI. December 16, 2002. Preliminary Uniform Crime Report.)

In 2001, there were 249,000 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. [2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics.]

Of these 249,000, 102,000 were victims of sexual assault, 63,000 were victims of attempted rape, and 84,000 were victims of completed rape. [2000 NCVS.]

In 2000, an estimated 62.7 of every 100,000 females in the country were victims of forcible rape. (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). October 22, 2001. Crime in the United States, 2000.

Forcible rape was the only violent crime that had an increase in volume over the last two-year period, showing a 0.9 percent rise. (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). October 22, 2001. Crime in the United States, 2000.)

Sex Offenders

Law enforcement agencies made an estimated 27,469 arrests for forcible rape in 2000. (Rennison, C. June 2001. Criminal Victimization 2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statisitics.)

Rural vs. Urban

By community type, in 2000, the forcible rape rate in metropolitan areas was 65 per 100,000 females; outside metropolitan areas, 69 per 100,000 females; and in rural counties, 43.4 for every 100,000 females. (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 22 October 2001. Crime in the United States, 2000.)

Sexual Harassment

Four out of five students, both males and females, report experiences of sexual harassment. (American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, 2001. Hostile Hallways: Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment. Washington, DC: AAUW.)

In 2000, for every 1,000 persons age 12 or older, there occurred 1 rape or sexual assault. (Rennison, C. June 2001. Criminal Victimization 200: Changes 1999-2000 with Trends 1993-2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

The number of boys reporting harassment increased from 48.9% in 1993 to 56% in 2001. (American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. 2001. Hostile Hallways: Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment. Washington, DC: AAUW.)

Acquaintance Rape

Current or former spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends committed 17% of sexual assaults in 2000. 42% of sexual assaults were committed by someone the victim identified as a friend or acquaintance. Only a third of victims did not know their attacker. (Rennison, C. June 2001. Criminal Victimization 200: Changes 1999-2000 with Trends 1993-2000. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.)

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