Before overwhelming you with heartbreaking statistics and numbers that can make your head spin, I wanted to introduce our organization and staff. So, if you haven’t already, be sure to read our post Who we are and Who we are pt. 2. This will give you a better understanding as to why we do what we do and the passion behind our work.
I want to start by giving a disclaimer that many surveys, statistical reports etc. follow a binary identification of gender and most of the populations will simply be reported as “men” or “women”. We are unsure as to if this categorizes people by the gender they were assigned at birth or the gender they identify as. Another disclaimer I would like to make is that many statistics may view women as victims and men as perpetrators. We understand and believe that all people regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. can be sexually assault and experience intimate partner violence. Anyone can be a victim and anyone can be a perpetrator.
My goal in this blog is not to focus on the details of exactly which specific group of people is most at risk and which specific population is most likely to cause harm but rather cause an ache in your heart for those who have been afflicted and are trying so desperately to heal. As you will see in the numbers it is expected that if you yourself have not experienced domestic or sexual violence, someone you know has. It is not until we all bear the burden of those harmed and desire safety and love for all, that we can begin to fight for survivors and believe them.
With that being said, I understand that some wording and statistics can be triggering and want you to know that you are free to leave the blog at any point. You do not have to read the whole post. I will attached our crisis line to every post I make. Feel free to call someone if you would like or need help.
SEXUAL ASSAULT STATISTICS
– Every 68 seconds someone in the US is sexually assaulted
– Every 9 minutes that someone is a child
– 1 in 5 women experience completed or attempted rape in their lifetime
– 1 in 14 men experience completed or attempted rape in their lifetime
– In the US 43.6% of women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime
– In the US 23.8% of men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime
– 81.3% of female victims have experienced sexual violence before the age of 25
– 43.2% before the age of 18
– 30.5% between ages 11-17
– 12.7% before the age of 10
– 70.8% of male victims have experienced sexual violence before the age of 25
– 51.3% before the age of 18
– 25.3% between ages 11-17
– 26% before the age of 10
Sexual assault cases annually include
– 80,600 inmates
– 60,000 children
– 433,648 Americans 12+
– 18,900 military personnel
Where sexual assault occurs:
– 55% at or near the victims home
– 15% in an open/public place
– 12% at or near a relatives home
– 10% an enclosed but public area (such as a parking garage)
– 8% on school property
What was the survivor doing when the crime occurred?
– 48% were sleeping, or performing another activity at home
– 29% were traveling to and from work or school, or traveling to shop or run errands
– 12% were working
– 7% were attending school
– 5% were doing an unknown or other activity
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS
– Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men have experienced stalking in their lifetime
– 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced contact with sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported an IPV-related impact during their lifetime.
– In the US about 1 in 3 women and 1 in 3 men experience intimate partner violence.
– 2/3 of women who experienced intimate partner violence were victimized multiple times in one 12 month period
– Each year an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence against their mothers or female caretakers by family members
– It can take about 7-8 attempts before a battered woman can successfully leave an abusive partner
– 50% of abusive relationships involve alcohol use
– About 1/4 cases of domestic violence are reported to the police
– 30% of murdered female victims die at the hands of an intimate partner
– Only 25 for every 1000 perpetrators will serve time in prison
– Since you began reading this article about 4 people have been sexually assaulted.
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If you had a hard time reading these statistics, have experienced domestic or sexual violence, need emergency shelter, just need someone to talk to; call our crisis line (205) 669-7233 (SAFE).
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All of the statistics above have been taken from
ACADV. (2022). Acadv. Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from http://acadv.org/resources/domestic-violence-statistics/
RAINN. (2022). Scope of the problem: Statistics. RAINN. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem
Smith, S. G., Zhang, X., Basile, K. C., Merrick, M. T., Wang, J., Kresnow, M.-J., & Chen, J. (2015). National intimate partner and sexual violence survey. Retrieved July 25, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/2015data-brief508.pdf