RAPE_FACT_SHEET

RAPE_FACT_SHEET - RAPE FACT SHEET Victimization Rates...

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David Lisak, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Boston [email protected] RAPE FACT SHEET Victimization Rates Currently, the best estimate of the incidence and prevalence of rape is provided by the National Violence Against Women study, published in 2000 and sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control 1 . This study employed a sampling strategy that closely matched national demographics and found the following: 14.8% of women were victims of rape at some point during their lifetime 2.8% of women were victims of attempted rape at some point during their lifetime 0.3% of women were victims of rape during the previous 12 months, yielding an 8.7 per 1000 “incidence rate” Extrapolating this incidence rate to the population of Metro Boston reveals the stark disparity between “official” rape statistics and the reality of sexual violence. In 1998, there were 1,687 rapes reported in all of Massachusetts, and 526 arrests were made 17 . That same year, among the approximately 1.75 million women in the Boston Metro area, there were actually 15,225 rapes. The NIJ study findings described above closely match those of the Rape in America study 2 , published in 1992, which found: 13.0% of women were victims of rape at some point during their lifetime 0.7% of women were victims of rape during the previous 12 months Two other prevalence studies have documented even higher victimization rates, probably due to the unique characteristics of their samples. A study of naval recruits published in 1999 3 found: 36.1% of female recruits were victims of rape since the age of 14 9.4% of female recruits were victims of attempted rape since the age of 14 A study of a national sample of college students, published in 1987 4 , found: 15.4% of women were victims of rape since the age of 14 12.1% of women were victims of attempted rape since the age of 14
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David Lisak, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Boston [email protected] Perpetrators: Numbers Estimates of the percentage of men who acknowledge committing rape and attempted rape have come from studies that ask questions about sexually violent behavior without labeling such behavior as “rape” or “assault.” Below is a list of such studies and their findings: OFFENSE TYPE PERCENT REFERENCE sexual assault & rape 12.0 5 rape, attempted rape, & sexual assault 9.2 6 rape 6.0 7 rape, attempted rape, & sexual assault 9.0 4 rape & sexual assault 9.9 8 Rape 6.1 9 rape, attempted rape, & sexual assault 14.9 10 rape 10.0 11 rape & attempted rape 8.8 12 rape & attempted rape 14.8 Merrill et al., 1998 3 rape 6.0 Collings, 1999 13 rape 4.8 14 rape 5.0 Spitzberg, 1999 15 rape & attempted rape 6.5
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