Sexual Abuse and Assaults – Statistics and Facts

By Benjamin Jorgensen / December 17, 2021

There are 5 different types of sex offenses; Sexual Abuse, Rape, Child Molestation, Incest, and Intimate Partner Sexual. This report seeks to investigate sexual abuse and rape. But before we start with the statistics we’ve defined the two:

Sexual Abuse: This offense involves sexual approximations from one individual to another that is not mutual. Such app contact may include grabbing or groping.

Rape: Involves forced sexual intercourse with an individual. It can also happen when the victim is helpless to give consent because he or she is a minor, physically or mentally handicapped, or when under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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Key Takeaways

  • Oregon is the state with the most sexual abuse cases
  • Alaska is the state with the highest rape rate
  • The highest risk of sexual assault and rape are in ages 12-34
  • 14.8% of all American women experiencing rape
  • 90% of adult rape cases involved female victims
  • Females in the age of 16-19 are 4x more likely to be victims of sex offenders
  • Less than 20% of rape cases are reported
  • 995 perpetrators out of 1000 rape cases in the U.S. will go unpunished

The American state with the Most Offenders (per capita)

Top 5 U.S. states with the most offenders (per 100,000  of the population) :

  • Oregon (688)
  • Arkansas (536)
  • Delaware (491)
  • Michigan (440)
  • Wisconsin (435)

Top 5 States with the Highest Rape Rate in 2020 (per 100,000 inhabitants)

In 2020, the state of Alaska was recorded with the highest rape rate in the country. On the other hand, New Jersey was found to have the lowest number of rape cases in the U.S.

  • Alaska (154.8)
  • Arkansas (73.5)
  • South Dakota (67.1)
  • Colorado (62.9)
  • Michigan (60.9)

Top 5 States with the Lowest Rape rate in 2020 (per 100,000 inhabitants)

  • New Jersey (14.4)
  • Connecticut (16.7)
  • Delaware (26.4)
  • Virginia (26.5)
  • Massachusetts (26.9)

Statistics on Sexual Abuse By Age

Studies show that younger individuals are at the highest risk of sexual offenses.

  • The highest risk of sexual assault and rape are in ages 12-34
  • The risk is lowest for those aged 65 and above

Statistics on Sexual Abuse Among Women and Girls

  • Data as of 1998 showed 17.7 million American women who have experienced attempted or completed rape.
    – This results in 14.8% of all American women experiencing completed rape, and 2.8% experiencing attempted rape.
  • 90% of adult rape cases involved female victims
  • Females aged 18-24 and college students are 3x more at risk of experiencing sexual abuse compared to women in general
  • Females in the age range of 16-19 are 4x more likely to be victims of sexual assault, rape, or attempted rape compared to the general population

Statistics on Sexual Abuse Among Men and Boys

As of 1998, the following stats have been recorded:

  • 2.78 million of all men in the U.S. had experienced attempted or completed rape
  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims in the country is male
  • It is estimated that 3% of American men have been a victim of sexual abuse in their lifetime
  • Males within the age range of 18-24 who are also college students are 5x more likely to be a victim of rape compared to non-student males of the same age

Statistics on Sexual Assaults in the U.S. in 2021

  • In 2019, more than 652,676 women were raped. This is an annual rise rate of 2.9% for the last decade
  • 41.8% of all women in the U.S. have experienced sexual abuse other than rape
  • Almost 80% of female sexual abuse victims experienced an assault before the age of 25
  • 69% of rape victims are women within the age range of 12-34
  • Nearly 20% of American males have experienced sexual violence
  • Approximately 40% of male adults who were victims of sexual abuse from their intimate relationships experience psychological problems
  • In 2019, around 20,000 sexual assaults were reported to take place in the military
  • It is estimated that 70 women commit suicide every day in the U.S. after an act of sexual abuse
  • In 2019, more than 1.5 million women were victims of rape by an intimate partner
  • Less than 20% of rape cases are reported
  • 995 perpetrators out of 1000 rape cases in the U.S. will go unpunished

Definition of a Sex Offender

A sex offender, also known as a sexual abuser or sex abuser, is defined as a person who has committed a sex crime, such as sexual conduct with a minor, committed sexual assault, and forcing him/herself sexually upon others without their consent.

References

https://study.com/academy/lesson/sex-offenders-definition-types-laws-rights.html
https://www.statista.com/statistics/232563/forcible-rape-rate-in-the-us-by-state/
https://www.statista.com/chart/18575/registered-sex-offenders-per-100000-inhabitants/
https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/sex-offenders-and-sex-offenses-overview.html
https://www.rainn.org/types-sexual-violence
https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence
https://legaljobs.io/blog/sexual-assault-statistics/
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