In the wake of Brock Turner’s trial and lenient sentencing, the United States has erupted in outrage. Joe Biden has written an open letter to the anonymous victim. USA Swimming has banned Turner from membership. A Change.org petition to recall Persky, the judge who sentenced Turner to only six months for his crime, has been signed by more than 1 million people by Friday afternoon. American society, in general, has taken to social media to vocalize how disturbed it is by the case’s circumstances.
As the issue of rape and sexual assault gains widespread exposure, important yet disturbing information about rape demographics deserves to be known. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, every two minutes an American is sexually assaulted. Per year, approximately 288,820 Americans (age 12 or older) are victims of rape and sexual assault. Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years, as shown in the image below.
Furthermore, women are victims of sexual assault at higher rates than men. 82% of all juvenile victims are female and 90% of all adult victims are female. In fact, females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to be victims of sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not college students are 4 times more likely.
94% of women who are raped experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms within the first two weeks post-rape. Moreover, 30% of women report PTSD symptoms 9 months after the rape. 33% contemplate suicide. 13% attempt suicide.
Rape, though, is not completely gendered. 1 out of 10 rape victims are male.