DEFINITION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT:
Sexual Assault and/or Battery: Any attempted or actual act of nonconsensual sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any other object into the oral, genital or anal openings of another person’s body.
Women and girls are the vast majority of victims: nearly one in five women – or nearly 22 million – have been raped in their lifetimes.
Men and boys, however, are also at risk: 1 in 71 men – or almost 1.6 million – have been raped during their lives.
Most victims know their assailants.
The vast majority (nearly 98 percent) of perpetrators are male.
Repeat victimization is common: over a third of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults.
Young people are especially at risk: nearly half of female survivors were raped before they were 18, and over one-quarter of male survivors were raped before they were 10.
College students are particularly vulnerable.
National rates of sexual victimization are three times higher for females in college compared to females of similar ages in the general population.
-Increased alcohol use
-Decreased “institutional structure”
The information above is from the January 2014 Report from The White House Council on Women and Girls, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.” To read the entire report, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sexual_assault_report_1-21-14.pdf.