Statistics About Sexual Assault

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted)
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse
  • The majority of rapes occur near a victim’s home.
  • Most rapes (7 out of 10) are committed by someone the victim knows
  • 45% committed by an acquaintance and 25% committed by a current or former intimate partner
  • 57% of perpetrators are white
  • Only 11% of perpetrators use a gun, knife, or other weapon. Most commonly they use their body weight and threats
  • 4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes
  • 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male

       College Sexual Assault

  • Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation
  • 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
  • Only 20% of female student victims, age 18-24, report to law enforcement
  • The most commonly cited reason for not reporting is a belief that it was not serious enough
  • August, September, October, and November are when the majority of college sexual assaults occur on campus
  • The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%
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        Abuse via the Internet

  • Approximately 1 in 7 (13%) youth internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations. 
  • 9% of youth Internet users had been exposed to distressing sexual material while online. 
  • Predators seek youths vulnerable to seduction, including those with histories of sexual or physical abuse, those who post sexually provocative photos/videos online, and those who talk about sex with unknown people online.
  • 1 in 25 youths received an online sexual solicitation in which the solicitor tried to make offline contact. 
  • In more than one-quarter (27%) of incidents, solicitors asked youths for sexual photographs of themselves. 
  • The most common first encounter of a predator with an Internet-initiated sex crimes victim took place in an online chat room (76%). 
  • In nearly half (47%) of the cases involving an Internet-initiated sex crimes victim, the predator offered gifts or money during the relationship-building phase. 
  • Internet-based predators used less deception to befriend their online victims than experts had thought.
  • Only 5% of the predators told their victims that they were in the same age group as the victims. Most offenders told the victims that they were older males seeking sexual relations. 
  • 15% of cell-owning teens (12–17) say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text. 
  • Of respondents to a survey of juvenile victims of Internet-initiated sex crimes, the majority met the predator willingly face-to-face and 93% of those encounters had included sexual contact. 
  • 72% of teenagers and young adults believe that digital abuse is something that should be addressed by society. 
  • 11% of teenagers and young adults say they have shared naked pictures of themselves online or via text message. Of those, 26% do not think the person whom they sent the naked pictures to shared them with anyone else. 
  • 26% of teenagers and young adults say they have participated in sexting (12 different forms of sexting were examined), a 6% decline since 2011. 
  • Nearly 40% of young people in a relationship have experienced at least one form of abuse via technology. A large majority (81%) say they rarely or never feel their significant other uses technology to keep tabs on them too often. 


Dating/domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Dating/domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Dating/domestic violence occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating.

Dating/domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life - therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.

Dating and Domestic Violence Information and Resources

Please click here to access the Office of Victim Services comprehensive document including the following information:

  • Dating and domestic violence descriptions
  • Types of abuse in relationships
  • Warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • Reasons why individuals may stay in abusive relationships
  • Dating and domestic violence resource list
    • local, national
    • for women of color
    • for Latina/x/o individuals
    • for LGBTQ+ individuals
    • for immigrants
    • for African American individuals
    • for men 
    • for abusers 

Stalking is engaging in a course of conduct (repeatedly maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a person without legitimate purpose or repeatedly conveying oral or written threats, threats implied by conduct, or a combination thereof, directed at or toward a person) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for his/her safety or the safety of others, or (b) suffer significant emotional distress.

Stalking Information and Resources

Please click here to access the Office of Victim Service's comprehensive document including the following information:

  • What does stalking look like?
  • Stalking statistics in the US
  • What can you do if you are being stalked?
  • Resource list for stalking

Wisconsin Criminal Stalking Laws

Carroll University Definitions

 Sexual Assault and Rape

  • Please click here to access the Office of Victim Services document which includes information regarding the following, as well as Carroll University's definitions per the Student Handbook:
    • Sexual Assault: Non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit the same)
    • Rape: Non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit the same)
    • Coercion
    • Consent
    • Force
    • Incapacitation
    • Perpetrators



  • Please click here to access the Office of Victim Services document which includes information regarding the following as well as Carroll University's definitions per the Student Handbook:
    • How does consent work in real life?
    • Positive consent
    • Legal role of consent
    • Capacity to consent and the role alcohol plays


Sexual Exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for the actor’s own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.  

Please click here to access the Office of Victim Services comprehensive document including the following information: 

  • University definition of "sexual exploitation"
  • Examples of sexual exploitation 
    • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that there are many other examples of sexual exploitation that are not included in this short list. 


It is estimated that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18. If you believe you have had an unwanted or abusive sexual experience, you are not alone.

Male Victims of Sexual Assault

Please click here to access the Office of Victim Services comprehensive document including the following information: 

  • Information regarding male survivors of sexual assault
  • Statistics for male survivors of sexual assault
  • Information for resources for male survivors of sexual assault