- Every day in the United Sates 160,000 students miss school because they are bullied.
- One out of 10 school drop outs leave school because they are bullied.
- Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society; between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or victims
- While statistics vary, is it estimated that as many as half of all children have been or will be bullied.
- Studies have established a strong correlation between bullying other students during the school years and experiencing legal or criminal troubles with violence as adults.
- Four out of 10 middle school students have had their password(s) stolen and changed by a bully who then locked them out of their own account or sent communications posing as them.
- 42% have been bullied on line; 25% of them more than once.
- 35% have been threatened on line.
- 64% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)
- In the National Violence Against Women Survey, approximately 25% of women and 8% of men said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetimes. The survey estimates that more than 300,000 intimate partner rapes occur each year against women 18 and older. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)
- Nearly 25 million women and 7 million men are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Each year, 1.5 million women and 834,000 men are so assaulted. Tjaden, Patricia, and Nancy Thoennes. 1998. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. U.S. Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice. Washington, D.C.
- Approximately 28% of victims are raped by their husbands or boyfriends, 5% by other relatives, and 35% by acquaintances. Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Violence Against Women. U.S. Department of Justice. 1994.
- The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.
- Fewer than half (48%) of all rapes and sexual assaults are reported to the police (DOJ 2001).
- Approximately 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim (US DEPT OF JUSTICE, 2005)
- 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger (US DEPT OF JUSTICE, 2005)
- 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance
- 28% are an intimate partner
- 7% are a relative
- Up to 20 percent of rape victims may attempt suicide and many more rape victims, 33 to 50 percent, report that they considered suicide at some point after the rape. During the immediate post-rape period, rape victims are nine times more likely than non-victims of sexual assault to attempt suicide. (Crime, O. f. (2007). Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training. U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.
- Rape victims often experience anxiety, guilt, nervousness, phobias, substance abuse, sleep disturbances, depression, alienation, sexual dysfunction, and aggression. They often distrust others and replay the assault in their minds, and they are at increased risk of future victimization (DeLahunta 1997).
- Sexual violence victims exhibit a variety of psychological symptoms that are similar to those of victims of other types of trauma, such as war and natural disaster (National Research Council 1996). A number of long-lasting symptoms and illnesses have been associated with sexual victimization including chronic pelvic pain; premenstrual syndrome; gastrointestinal disorders; and a variety of chronic pain disorders, including headache, back pain, and facial pain (Koss 1992). Between 4% and 30% of rape victims contract sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the victimization (Resnick 1997).
- One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998)
- The National College Women Sexual Victimization Study estimated that between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years (Fisher 2000).
- More than half of all rapes of women occur before age 18; 22% occur before age 12. (Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November, 2000)
- In 2000, nearly 88,000 children in the United States experienced sexual abuse (ACF 2002).
- According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), a national survey of high school students, 7.7% of students had been forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. Female students (10%) were significantly more likely than male students (5%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse. Overall, black students (10%) were significantly more likely than white students (7%) to have been forced to have sexual intercourse (CDC 2002).
- An estimated 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States annually for sexual exploitation or forced labor. (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, 2000)
- A study reported in the New York Times suggests that one in five adolescent girls become the victims of physical or sexual violence, or both, in a dating relationship. (New York Times, 8/01/01)
- Men perpetrate the majority of violent acts against women (DeLahunta 1997).
- Females ages 12 to 24 are at the greatest risk for experiencing a rape or sexual assault (DOJ 2001).
According to a U.S. department of Justice survey conducted in 1997:
- 1 in 12 women will be stalked at some point in their lives.
- 87% of stalkers are men, most male victims are stalked by males.
- 45% of victims report that their stalkers made overt threats.
- 75% of victims report that they were spied on or followed.
- 30% of victims reported that their property had been vandalized.
- 10% of victims experienced threats or violence directed at their pets.
- 59% of female stalking victims are stalked by current or former intimate partners. In 80% of these cases, the victims were physically assaulted by their partner.
- Women are twice as likely as men to be stalked by an intimate partner.
- Roughly half of all stalking victims report their stalking to the police. One quarter of stalking cases which are reported to the police result in an arrest.
- 28% of female victims and 10% of male victims attain restraining orders against their stalkers.