Rape Statistics

FYI here are some stats I've gathered the last time the rape thread made a go around:

Kilpatrick, et al.(1), found a 23.3% lifetime prevalence of rape, where rape was nonconsenting anal, oral, vaginal penetration through the use of force or threat of bodily harm.

Koss, et al.(2), found the rate to be 27.5% since the age of 14 based on an interview survey. Where rape was defined as in Ohio, which is nonconsenting anal, oral, vaginal penetration through the use of force or threat of bodily harm or inability to consent due to mental incompetence, intoxication, unconsciousness, or sleep.Koss, et al.(3) in a later mail survey found the rate to be 21.3% based on the same criteria.

Schwartz (4), reported a study that showed a 24% lifetime rate of rape based on California definition. This is the same as Ohio, except it excludes husbands (fortunately husbands are no longer exempt).

Sorenson, et al.(5), reported that 16.7% of women in a Los Angeles survey were pressured or forced to have sexual contact (includes attempts).

Cornett & Shuntich (6), found that 27.2% of women in their study were victims of forced sex. They also found that 15.2% of the men ADMITTED to forcing sex on women.

Kiernan & Taylor (7), found that 11.4% of Mexican-American students were the victim of date rape, and 16.4% of Anglo-American students were the victim of date rape. They also found that 36.6% of the women in their study experienced other unwanted sexual advances such as forced kissing or sexual touching excluding intercourse, and that 48.8% of the women experienced physical violence or threat of violence during a dating situation.

I could dig up more, but this should be sufficient. You might also note that most of these statistics deal with rape, not attempted rape. Furthermore, these statistics do not reflect other types of harassment.


1. Kilpatrick, et al., Criminal Victimization: Lifetime Prevalence, Reporting to Police, and Psychological Impact Crime & Delinquency 1987;33 pp. 479-89.

2. Koss, et al., The Scope of Rape: Incidence, and Prevalence of Sexual Aggression and Victimization in a National Sample of Higher Education Students Journal of Consulting Clinical Psychology 1987;55 pp. 162-70.

3. Koss, et al., Deleterious Effects of Criminal Victimization on Women's Health and Medical Utilization Archives of Internal Medicine 1991;151 pp. 342-7.

4. Schwartz, Sexual Violence Against Women; Prevalence, Consequences, Societal Factors, and Prevention Am Journal of Preventative Medicine 1991;7 pp. 363-71.

5. Sorenson, et al., Prevalence of Adult Sexual Assault Am Journal of Epidemiology 1987;126 pp. 1154-64.

6. Cornett & Shuntich, Sexual Aggression; Perceptions of its Likelihood of Occurring and Some Correlates of Self-admitted Perpetration 1991;73 pp. 499-507.

7. Kiernan & Taylor, Coercive Sexual Behavior Among Mexican-American College Students Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 1990;16.

MF> I'm saying that it seems that 99 out of 100 rapists give
MF> "the way she was dressed" as a reason for raping the woman
MF> in the first place, yes...
No... that is not true. Most rapes have nothing to do with the attractiveness or clothing of the victim. Even date rapists don't claim that "the way she was dressed" is the reason they did what they did.The following may be of interest to you:

Patterns of Behavior in Adolescent Rape by Vinogradov et al. in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 58(2) April 1988 pp 179-87:

71% of the rapists were under the influence of drugs (inc. alcohol). 15% reported taking drugs less than 15 minutes prior to the rape. 21% premeditated the rape. 27% committed the rape while committing another crime. 16% were impulsive/spontaneous, "the victim was simply an easy available 'innocent bystander'". 7% were committed after an argument with the victim. 6% after sexual foreplay with the victim.

89% of the rapists described the victims as not being provocative, "The victims did not verbally provoke nor were sexually attractive to the attacker".


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