10 Shocking Facts about Rape in the United States


We often hear about “rape culture”. At times the term seems overused and draws a weary response from people. It’s time to cut through the politics and get straight to the raw facts and data surrounding rape and sexual violence in the United States.

By:  Justin King

This article first appeared at TheFifthColumn

A woman in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being raped during her lifetime. A man’s chance is 1 in 71.

Native American women have a higher rate estimated to be 1 in 3.

 42.2% of female rape victims were first raped before age 18. 12.3% female rape victims and 27.8% of male rape victims were first raped when they were age 10 or younger.

Rape results in approximately 32,000 pregnancies each year.

A 2011 survey of high school students found that 11.8% of girls and 4.5% of boys from grades 9-12 reported that they were forced to have sexual intercourse at some time in their lives.

Only 2 out of every 100 rapists will spend time in prison.

Citing flawed research, many believe half of rape accusations are false. Every other authority on the subject places the rate of false accusation between 2% and 8%.

When rapes in prison reached 10% of the population, it was referred to as an “epidemic.” Women suffer double that chance of rape every day outside of prison.

There are national campaigns to “save the tatas“. A women is twice as likely to be raped as she is to suffer from breast cancer.

31 states give rapists custody and visitation rights.

In addition to the ten facts above, it should be noted that there are around 300,000 rapes per year. There is a debate going on now as to whether men should be told to not rape or women should be taught how to avoid rape. 300,000 rapes per yer. Maybe it’s time to stop playing political and ideological games. Yes, men should be told to not rape because there is obviously some confusion on the subject. No, not all men are rapists, but when we’re talking to our daughters or sisters do we just warn them about some men? Yes, men should be more active in trying to change the idea that rape is ok or excusable.

Yes, women should be taught how to lessen their chances of rape. No, it isn’t fair. No, it isn’t right. Women should be able to dress how they choose, wherever they choose. They should be able to get intoxicated at a party and not worry about being raped. They should be able to stroll through the park alone at night. Sadly that isn’t the world we live in. For every bank robbery, there are 60 rapes.  It’s unlikely that Bank of America will be disconnecting their alarms anytime soon. Yes, we need to create less attackers as a society, but in the meantime it’s probably a good idea to follow basic security steps. Even if we were magically able to stop rapists from being born today, there would still be generations of women that would be victimized by those already born. This won’t change overnight. It’s not your fault. It’s the attacker’s fault. Don’t make it easy for him.

This article first appeared at TheFifthColumn