Assault Statistics
  To help address the serious need for teaching self-defense as part of a crime prevention program, the following statistics are provided for your consideration. These general statistics are based on those of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, for the years 1995 to 1998.
  • One of three women can expect to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • Somewhere in America, on average, a woman was raped every 2 minutes.
  • During 1995 and 1996, 977,000 women were the victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.
  • Only about 31% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials.  Of the reported number, 41% occurred in the daytime, 59% at night.
  • Assault victims took protective measures 87% of the time; 71% avoided being raped by taking such measures. Women who made absolutely no attempt to resist were all raped.
  • A rape usually lasted 2 to 4 hours
  • Most sexual assaults, and four in ten rapes, took place at the victim's home.
  • Approximately 68% of rape victims knew their assailant (28% were raped by husbands or boyfriends, 35% by acquaintances, 5% by other relatives); 32% were raped by strangers.
  • At least 45% of the rapists were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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