Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities such as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.
People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public.11
Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends, and co-workers.12
Millions of women in the United States have experienced rape.
As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape.(5) Young women are especially at risk. 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.(6) Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.(3) Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.(7)
Millions of men in the United States have been victims of rape.
About 3% of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.(5)
21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non-TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.(17)