How often does sexual assault occur?
There is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.1
Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted.
Here's the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey --there is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
There are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year. That makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 237,868 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 133 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes.
Sexual assault has fallen by more than 50% in recent years.2
Had the 1993 rate held steady, about 9.7 million Americans would have been assaulted in the last 20 years.
Thanks to the decline, the actual number of victims was about 4.2 million. In other words, if not for the progress we've made in the last 20 years, an additional 5.5 million Americans would have become victims of sexual violence.
While we should be happy that we’re making progress, we are still a very long way from solving this problem. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted.
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