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There are many myths about sexual assault

Here are the facts

  • Victims of sexual assault - women, children, and men - are selected because they are vulnerable, not because they dress, act or appear attractive.
  • Rape is not sexually motivated. It is a crime of violence and power.
  • One in three women is sexually assaulted at some point in her life.
  • One-fourth of girls and one-fifth of boys are sexually abused in childhood - primarily by close family members or friends.
  • Wives can be assaulted by husbands,children by parents and other family members.
  • More than 85% of all victims know their assailants (acquaintances, co-workers, relatives, etc.)
  • More than half of all sexual assaults take place indoors - usually in the victim's own home.
  • Offenders come from all socioeconmic classes, professions and ethnic backgrounds and are of both sexes. There is no "typical" rapist.
  • A forcible rape of an adult woman occurs every 46 seconds, or 78 per hour, for a projected total of 683,000 peryear.
  • Sixty-six percent of pregnant adolescents reported being sexually assaulted at some time in their lives; 11% of these became pregnant as a result of sexual assault, mostly incest.
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