Over the past decade, the rape rate has risen four times as fast as the total crime rate. In 2007, there were 248,300 reported victims of sexual assault.
Statistical Factors of Rape in the USA
1) Per capita rates of rape and sexual assault are highest among young men and women aged 16 to 19 years old, urban residents and low income residents. There is however no significant difference in the rate of rape or sexual assault on the basis of race.
2) Two thirds of violent sex offenders serving term stated that their victims were younger than 18 years. Further, an estimated 15% imprisoned rapist and 45% of those sentenced to prison for other sexual assaults ( e.g. statutory rape, sodomy, and molestation) indicated that their victims were 12 years old or younger.
3) One quarter of women in college today have been victims of rape or attempted rape. Over 90% of them knew their assailants. In a survey of college women, 38% reported sexual victimizations which met the legal definition of rape or attempted rape yet only 1 out of 25 reported their assault.
4) One in three women in the United Sates will become a victim of sexual assault in her lifetime. The situation is worse in Los Angeles county, California where 40% of all women will be victimized. The age of the rape victims have ranged from 6 months to 92 years.
5) One in ten men will be sexually assaulted or victimized at some point in their life.
6) 30% of the rapist stated that their victims had been strangers while 15% of those convicted of other sexual assault had victims who were strangers.
7) About two thirds of the rapes and sexual assault reported occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.. 60 % of the offences took place in the victims home or at the home of a friend, relative or neighbor.
8) About 8% of 2,214 rapists released from prisons in 11 states in 1983 were rearrested for a new rape within three years compared to approximately 1% of released prisoners who served time for robbery or assault.
9) Rapist who had been released from prison were found to be 10.5 times as likely to be rearrested for rape. According to the US Department of Justice 1997 report, “sixty percent of convicted sex offenders are on parole or probation” .
10) Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police. In a survey of victims who did not report rape or attempted rape to the police, 43 % gave the reason that they felt nothing could be done. 27% felt it was a private matter, 12% were afraid of police response and another 12 % felt it was not important enough.