One in three women will be sexually assaulted during her lifet

One in three women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime.

– The FBI estimates that in the U.S. alone about 240 rapes occur each day, nearly 88,000 per year. Based only on reported rapes, this figure is a conservative estimate. About 60 percent of those reported rapes were “acquaintance rapes,” in which the victims were attacked by someone they know.

– Rape has secondary victims the rape survivors’ spouses or “significant others.” Effects can be devastating. Therapists who work with rape victims and their partners estimate that anywhere form 60 percent to 90 percent of relationships end within a year of the assault.

– Only 22 percent of rape victims were assaulted by someone they had never seen before or did not know well.

– Rape victims are 4.1 times more likely to have contemplated suicide, and they are 13 times more likely to have actually made a suicide attempt.

Sources: The pamphlet “Men and Rape Prevention” and the report “In America”

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