Rape Fact Sheet

An estimated 683,000 adult women are raped each year. (Natl. Women’s Study 1990)
Every minute in the U.S., there are 1.3 forcible rapes of adult women. (Natl. Victim Center 1992)
78 women are raped each hour. (Natl. Victim Center 1992)
Up to 85% of rapes go unreported. (Natl. Women’s Study 1990)
29% of all forcible rapes in America occurred when the victim was less than 11-years-old. (Natl. Victim Center 1992)
61% of all rapes occurred before the victim reached 18. (Natl. Women’s Study 1990)
Approximately 75% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. (Natl. Women’s Study 1990)
Of the cases of forcible rape reported in 1993, only 53% led to the arrest of the alleged perpetrator. (1994 FBI report to Natl. Victim Center)
There were approximately 30,000 sexual assaults of males, ages 12 and over, in the U.S. in 1993. (Criminal Victimization in the U.S. report to Bureau of Justice 1994)
98% of rapists are men.  66% of rapists are White, 30% are Black and 4% are other races. (Report of Felony Sentences in State Courts to the Bureau of Justice 1992)
The rate of recidivism among recently released sex offenders from a psychiatric prison was approximately 76%. (Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 10 1995)
The average sentence for a rapist is 17 years in prison, the actual time served is approximately 8 years. (U.S. Dept. of Justice 1995)
Out of 1.8 million severe assaults against women in 1991, 45,000 of them were marital rapes. (U.S. Dept. of Justice 1992