About Violence Against Women
* Every 21 hours
on each college campus in the U.S. there is a rape. (Campus Outreach
* From 1993-1998, women ages 16 to 24 experienced the
highest per capita rates of intimate violence (19.6 per 1,000 women).
(“Intimate Partner Violence,” Bureau of Justice Statistics, May 2000)
* A woman is most likely to experience an assault during
her first two months of college. (Campus Outreach Services)
* Nearly 3% of college women experienced a completed
or attempted rape during the college year. (“The Sexual Victimization
of College Women,” National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice
Statistics, January 26, 2001)
completed and attempted rapes, nearly 90% of the victims knew the offender,
who was usually a classmate, friend, ex-boyfriend or acquaintance. (“The
Sexual Victimization of College Women,” National Institute of Justice
and Bureau of Justice Statistics, January 26, 2001)
As reported in “I Never Called It Rape,” Robin Warshaw, New
York: Harper and Row, 1998 (with citations to the original studies):
In a 1988 study, 9% of college women reported having had sexual intercourse
that was the result of physical force or the threats of physical force.
6% experienced oral or anal penetration under the same circumstances.
* In a 1988 study, 42% of college student rape victims told no one about
* In a 1988 study, 30% of college female rape victims contemplated suicide
after the incident. 31% had some form of counseling. 22% took self-defense
* In a 1988 study, 84% of college men identified as having committed
rape said what they did was definitely not rape.
States - National Statistics
1 in 6 women in the United States has experienced an attempted or completed
sexual assault. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
* Somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate
partner, every 15 seconds. (United Nations Study on the Status of Women,
* Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 90 seconds. (US Department
of Justice, 2000)
* 1 in 3 murdered females are killed by a partner, versus 3.6% of males.
(US Department of Justice, May 2000)
* Approximately 1 million women are stalked annually in the United States.
(US Department of Justice, November 1998)
* According to the Justice Department, 1 in 2 rape victims is under
18; 1 in 6 is under 12. (Child rape victims, 1992)
* Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely
to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent
homes. (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993)
* Of the 1,977 high school girls aged 14-18 surveyed in 1997 study,
about 20% reported that they had been hit, slapped, shoved or forced
into sexual activity by a dating partner. (Journal of The American Medical
* Domestic violence often does not consist of a single incident; it
is instead a continual state of victimization. (“Domestic and Sexual
Violence Data Collection,” National Institute of Justice and Bureau
of Justice Statistics joint report, July 1996)
* In 47% of rapes, the victim susstained injuries other than rape injuries.
(“Violence Against Women,” Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1994)
* Battering is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15 to 44 in
the United States. (US Surgeon General, 1992)
* Approximately 50% of the homeless women and children in the United
States are on the streets because of violence in their homes. (“A Report
on the 1988 National Survey of Shelters for the Homeless,” U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, 1989)
* Domestic violence occurs in approximately 25-33% of same-sex relationships.
(NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, October 1996)
* Pregnant or recently pregnant women are more likely to be the victims
of homicide than to die of any other cause. (Journal of the American
Medical Association, March 2001)