Every 68 seconds,
an American is sexually assaulted and every 9 minutes, that victim is a child
Becca was sexually assaulted when she was 15. The experience changed her life. As often is the case with sexual assault, she blamed herself.
Sexual Assault Statistics
Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault. 18 percent of girls and 3 percent of boys say that by age 17 they have been victims of a sexual assault or abuse at the hands of another adolescent. https://theconversation.com/sexual-assault-among-adolescents-6-facts-103658
Young women are especially at risk. 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence:
94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.
33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.
13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.
People who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to use drugs than the general public:
3.4 times more likely to use marijuana
6 times more likely to use cocaine
10 times more likely to use other major drugs