April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, which is the perfect opportunity for us to discuss some of the most shocking statistics related to sexual violence. This month we are working to educate the general public about sexual assault and what a serious issue it is. We encourage you to stand together with the survivors and advocacy groups working to raise awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it. While one month undoubtedly isn’t enough time to solve this serious issue, it is a chance to change how we act and what we say to others on a day-to-day basis. Sexual violence isn’t always physical, in fact, it is oftentimes verbal. Instead of blaming victims and making light of sexual violence, it’s time to stand together and let everyone know this behavior is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, sexual assault is far more common than many people realize. Here at Janovsky & Associates, we have handled countless sexual assault cases and understand how alarming the statistics can be. This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness month comes after the monumental #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, both of which have forever changed the way in which we discuss and view sexual violence. More and more individuals are coming forward every single day with tales of sexual violence. These conversations give us a chance to openly discuss controversial topics like consent, boundaries, and power. In many cases, the conversation is centered around workplace harassment, usually high profile cases. However, the epidemic stretches far beyond Hollywood and work environments.
That being said, let’s now take a look at some of the most telling statistics regarding sexual violence:
- One in three women and one in six men will experience some type of sexual violence during their lifetime
- 91% of sexual assault victims are female
- 63% of sexual assault crimes are not reported to authorities
- Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted
- Every 8 minutes, the victim is a child
- Only six out of every 1,000 sexual perpetrators will end up in prison
- More than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the crime
- One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped during their lifetime
- In eight out of 10 rape cases, the victim knew the perpetrator
- Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at their place of work
- An estimated 17,700,000 women have been raped since 1998
- 13% of female rape survivors will attempt suicide
- 64% of trans people will experience sexual assault in their lifetime
- Female college students between the ages of 18-24 are three times more likely than others to experience sexual violence
- One in six women have survived an attempted or completed rape
We hope these statistics shed some light as to how serious sexual violence is in America. This Sexual Assault Awareness month, we ask you to make a commitment to stopping sexual violence and learning how to help prevent these acts. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault or violence, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Our Dallas sexual assault attorneys will sit down with you and help you through this difficult time, which means ensuring justice is served.