9 out of 10 victims are female
Less than 35% of rapes are committed by strangers
1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will experience attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
15% of victims are under the age of 12
35% of victims are assaulted in their own homes
Almost 65% of rapes go unreported making it the most unreported crime in the U.S.
Only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail - - 15 out of 16 people that offend get away with their crime
70% of rape victims reported no severe physical injury following their assault. However, 49% describe being fearful of serious injury or death during the rape itself. The absence of severe visible injuries unfortunately often makes victims reluctant to report the crime.
Another barrier to report is that victims fear they will not be believed. Less than 10% of rape cases in America are "false" accusations.
People who have been raped are:
3 times more likely to suffer from depression
6 times more likely to develop PTSD
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
26 times more likely to abuse drugs
4 times more likely to attempt suicide
Be Safe. Safety is an illusion but it is one we can turn into a reality if we are but aware - always aware - of our surroundings.
- Use the same precautions when taking your trash out to the curb as you do when going out for the evening.
- Know where you are going. Familiarize yourself with the area/location if possible.