There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
-Laurell K. Hamilton
In the U.S.,
1 in 6 women will endure rape or attempted rape during their life.
(Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998)
Of undergraduate and graduate age students, 11.2% become victims of sexual violence.
And 4.2% of college students are stalked.
(Cantor, Fisher, Chibnall, & Townsend, 2015)
Out of every 1000 rapes, only 6 perpetrators will be sentenced to prison.
Only about 34% of sexual assaults are reported
to the police.
(Truman, J.L. & Langton, L. 2015)
Between 2005-2010, the top 3 reasons given for not reporting the incident was:
Fear of retaliation (20%)
Believed to be a personal issue (13%)
Didn't believe justice would occur (13%)
(Planty, Langton, Krebs, Berzofsky, & Smiley-McDonald, 2013)
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