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1 in 5 women

Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. 90% of those victims are female. That makes 1 in 5 American women a survivor of sexual abuse. 

2.24 million

Women ages 18 to 24 are 3-4 times more likely to become victims of abuse. On college campuses, 2.24 million female students will become survivors in the next 4 years of college, with 50% of those rapes occurring in the first few months of freshman and sophomore year. 

80% are alone

The process of getting help is confusing and traumatizing for the victim. And while there are thousands of organizations dedicated to helping women, only 20% of survivors are coming forward for help. 

More Statistics

• Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving, including fatalities ($61 billion)

• 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance

• 81% of women and 35% of men report significant short- or long-term impacts such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

• Health care is 16% higher for women who were sexually abused as children and 36% higher for women who were physically and sexually abused as children


• 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.

• 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.


College campuses

• Nearly two thirds of college students experience sexual harassment


• 27% of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact

• 20% - 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college

• More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault


History of Policy


TITLE IX of Educational Amendments

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex.


Clery Act

Colleges and universities had to make information about reported crimes and policies readily available to their community.


VAWA Formed

The Violence Against Women Act, U.S. was a federal legislation that expanded the juridical tools to combat violence against women and provide protection to women who had suffered violent abuses.


VAWA Amends Clery Act

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.



Women around the globe disclose their secret survivor stories using the hashtag #metoo, coined by Tarana Burke



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