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How often is rape reported to law enforcement?

  • Despite the increase in self-reports of rape and sexual assault, there was a decrease in reporting to police from 2017 to 2018. Forty-percent (40%) of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to police in 2017, but only about 25% were reported to police in 2018.

     — Morgan and Oudekerk, 2019
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     — Black et al., 2011

How common is sexual harassment?

  • Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime.

     — Kearl 2018

How many reports of sexual assault to law enforcement are false?

  • The prevalence of false reporting for sexual assault crimes is low — between two percent and ten percent.

     — Lisak et al., 2010

How can rape impact a survivor's life?