Sexual assault affects every community in Virginia
Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime while 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. 1
Approximately 80% of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and almost half experienced the first rape before age 18 (30% between 11-17 years old and 12% at or before the age of 10). 28% of male victims of rape were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.2
Sexual assault profoundly affects children and teens
56% of youth report experiences of sexual assault and coercion.
In 2010, Sexual Assault Crisis Centers in Virginia…3
- responded to 61,860 hotline calls
- offered 50,949 hours of advocacy services to 4,903 adults
- provided 26,570 hours of advocacy services to 2,123 children
You can help too…
Three out of four people affected by sexual violence turn to family and friends for help before contacting a Sexual Assault Crisis Center.4
1 -2 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), 2010. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published December, 2011.
3-4 VAdata: The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Data Collection System, 2010.
- Sexual Coercion and Teen Dating Violence (preventviolence.wordpress.com)
- RCASA Friday Facts: Sexual Violence and LGBTQ People (rcasa.wordpress.com)
- Protect Against College Date Rape (everydayhealth.com)
August 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm
The “1 in 71 men have been raped” stat from the CDC survey doesn’t tell the whole story. It defines “rape” as the attacker penetrating the victim, which excludes women who use their vagina to rape a man (rape by envelopment) which is counted as “made to penetrate”. The very same survey says “1 in 21 men (4.8%) reported that they were made to penetrate someone else,” which is far more than 1 in 71. Also, the study says that 79.2% of male victims of “made to penetrate” reported only female perpetrators, meaning they were raped by a woman.
The above, lifetime stats do show a lower percentage of male victims (up to 1.4% rape by penetration + 4.8% made to penetrate = 6.2%) than female victims (18.3%) although it is far more than the 1 in 71 you stated. However, if you look at the report’s stats for the past 12 months, just as many number of men were “forced to penetrate” as women were raped, meaning that if you properly define “made to penetrate” as rape, men were raped as often as women.