Ending Rape Illiteracy & 50 Actual Rape Facts

The following excerpt is taken from an excellent article in The Huffington Post.

Please go there to read the article in its entirety.

50 Facts About Rape

  1. Low estimate of the number of women , according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000
  2. High estimate of the number of women raped, according to the CDC: 1.3 million
  3. Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent
  4. A woman’s chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5
  5. Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely
  6. Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000
  7. Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation: 31
  8. Chances that a woman’s body “shuts that whole thing down“: 0 in 3.2 billion
  9. Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th
  10. A woman’s chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
  11. Chances that a Native American woman in the U.S. will be raped: 1 in 3
  12. Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent
  13. Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (Texas ranked second in nation for “forcible rape”)
  14. Number of adult men accused of repeatedly gang raping 11-year-old girl in Texas: 14
  15. Quote in the New York Times regarding the rape: “They said she dressed older than her age.”
  16. Age of woman raped in Central Park in September, 2012: 73
  17. Number of rape kits left untested in Detroit, listed by Forbes as one of two the most dangerous places for woman to live in the US: 11,303
  18. U.S. state in which, in September 2012, mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her “kicking, biting, scratching” in objection to her rape: Connecticut
  19. State seeking to reduce childcare welfare benefits to women cannot provide proof of their pregnancy-causing rapes: Pennsylvannia
  20. Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent
  21. Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent
  22. Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 perent
  23. Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent
  24. Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: 2-8 percent
  25. Number of rapes reported in the military last year: 16,500
  26. Pentagon’s estimated percentage of military assuaults not reported: 80-90 percent
  27. Percentage of military rape victims who were gang raped/raped more than once: 14%/20%
  28. Percentage of military rape victims that are men: 8-37 percent
  29. Percentage of military victims who get an “involuntarily” dischargecompared to percentage of charged and accused who are discharged with honor: 90 percent involuntary to 80 percent with honor
  30. Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10
  31. Increase in chance that LGTB prisoner is raped: 15x greater chance
  32. Number of men raped that could be counted as legally raped before the FBI changed its definition in December of 2011: 0
  33. Number of rapes noted in commonly used World War II statistics: 0
  34. Number of rapes of WWII concentration camp inmates: Untallied millions
  35. Number of rapes of German women by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII: between 1m and 2m
  36. Number of women raped in 1990s Bosnian conflict: 60,000+
  37. Number of women raped per hour in Congo during war: 48
  38. Country where 12 year old was forced to participate in the rape of his mother: U.S.
  39. Country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan
  40. Age of Moroccan rape victim who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist: 16
  41. Worldwide number of “child brides” under the age of 18 forced to marryevery day: 25,000
  42. Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, 15
  43. Estimated number of people, primarily children, sexually abused by priests in the U.S. versus the number of senior Catholic officials found guilty of sexual abuse related crimes in the U.S.: 10,667 to 1
  44. Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus gets breast cancer: 2 to 1
  45. Chances that a victim is “Emergency Raped” by a stranger versus percentage of victims who consider their rapes emergencies: 7 percent versus 100 percent
  46. Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent
  47. Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence
  48. State where in 2012 a doctor is facing the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas
  49. Country where doctors (but not the rapist) were excommunicated for performing a life-saving abortion to nine-year-old incest rape victim: Brazil
  50. Country where major party’s vice-presidential candidate wants to criminalize all abortionsincluding rape-related ones, because rape is just “another method of conception“: U.S.

Read the rest of the article at The Huffington Post.

Another excellent article in The Nation: Ending Rape Illiteracy. Yes. This. Now.


To too many people, “rape” and “rape victim” are not accurate descriptors but political shorthand—the product of an overblown, politically correct interpretation of sex. As Tennessee Senator Douglas Henry said in 2008, “Rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was. Rape, when I was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman, against her will, by some party not her spouse.”

If you’re married, you’ve contractually agreed to be available for sex whether or not you want to. If you’re a woman of color, you must be a liar. If you don’t have as much money as your attacker, you’re just looking for a payday. If you’re in college, you shouldn’t want to ruin your poor young rapist’s life. If you’re a sex worker, it wasn’t rape it was just “theft of services.” If you said yes at first but changed your mind, tough luck. If you’ve had sex before, you must say yes to everyone. If you were drinking you should have known better. If you were wearing a short skirt what did you expect?

The definition of who is a rape victim has been whittled down by racism, misogyny, classism and the pervasive wink-wink-nudge-nudge belief that all women really want to be forced anyway. The assumption is that women are, by default, desirous of sex unless they explicitly state otherwise. And women don’t just have to prove that we said no, but that we screamed it.

Recently the Connecticut State Supreme Court overturned a sexual assault conviction for a man who attacked a woman with severe cerebral palsy. The woman cannot communicate verbally, and according to the court’s documents, has the “intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old.” Still, because of how the state defines rape in cases of physical incapacitation, the court decided that the victim was capable of “biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing,” and therefore could have communicated a lack of consent and didn’t. Basically, she didn’t fight back hard enough in order for what happened to her to be considered rape.

This is not just a problem of rhetoric or legalese. The lack of an accepted cultural definition of rape leaves room for mischaracterizations that turn back the clock on progress already made.

Read the rest of the article at The Nation.

~ by omgrey on October 27, 2012.

5 Responses to “Ending Rape Illiteracy & 50 Actual Rape Facts”

  1. I take this topic seriously but i’m curious to know how they came up with a figure of rape not reported as a percentage since they would have no idea without anyone reporting them?

    I am a male who has been through something to a lesser degree within my family and have talked to a therapist explaining that when you are exposed to this at a young age your hormones begin to develop at an earlier age. I’m just curious to the stats about men being raped or molested. Since my opening up about my situation I encountered just as many males as females who have been through something like this.

    It seems that society perceives male rape or molestation to be something that they get over. I’m not saying males are more or less important. I’m saying that regardless of sex it can have a similar effect on the person.

    • I’m so sorry that happened to you.

      Unfortunately, society is grossly misinformed about rape, the deeply traumatic effect, and the extreme difficulty coping and ever truly being okay again.

      The statistics I’ve seen are 1 in 6 men have been or will be sexually assaulted or raped. It’s very close to that of women, where the statistics range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5.

      Supposedly 1 in 16 men are rapists and they rape an average of 6 people each. All these figures are based on various studies I’ve linked to in other posts. An Internet search will reveal the sources.

      I think, judging from my experience and who I’ve met that are survivors, the figures are much higher than that.

      Unfortunately again, men report even less than women because of the cultural stigma of appearing “weak” or somehow not “manly” or “masculine” by admitting to being victimized by these monsters. The utter shame inherent in such a crime coupled with society’s unwillingness to believe the victim and to turn a blind eye to these things keep men and women silent, further damaging the victim. It also perpetuates the cycle of abuse and violence, sometimes turning the victim into the next generation perpetrator.

      This is a very serious topic that needs to be discussed openly. Until the staggering prevalence is known and understood by our culture, and means of dealing with accusations extend past the courtroom, since over 85% of assaults and rape don’t have “sufficient evidence” to justify the expensive criminal trial, will anything change.

      As stated repeatedly on the pages of this blog, abusers need to be named and shamed socially. This must be culturally unacceptable for it to stop. The law is not going to change until cultural attitudes change. And as long as there are thousands upon thousands (I’d even say millions in this culture) of rape apologists waiting in the wings to victims blame, shame, and ostracize any survivor who speaks out, others who threaten rape to women who act to educate and reduce rape culture, and those who continue to make jokes about rape and molestation, nothing will change.

      The only answer I see is a mixture of education and community responsibility.

      Use the search box on the right sidebar of this blog to find the following:

      – Responsible Community Response
      – The Power of Responsibility
      – Falsely Accused
      – Exposing Predditors
      – The R Word

      There are more, but those are a good start. I’ve done extensive research on these topics. I’d link to them in this reply if I wasn’t typing this out on my iPhone while on vacation with my husband in Jamaica.

      Peace to you.

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  3. Some powerful statistics and facts, which barely touch the real influence on the individual. Not saying it’s not effective at all, but I went wow (more often conceived?) And then thought about the people behind those numbers.

    • Yes. The people behind those numbers. It’s staggering.

      I was having a debate the other day with someone who was regurgitating the cultural norm: but but but false accusations but but but due process but but but witch hunt

      After we had gone back and forth for about 20 min via Twitter DM, I said, “since we’ve been chatting, 20 women have been raped in the US. Only 8 will report. Only 1 accused will arrested & go to trial. There will be no conviction. Yet twenty lives are forever changed. A part of them irreparably destroyed. Every rapist will get off, free to rape again. And they will.”

      One billion lives ruined.

      Something must change.

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