How Common Is Sexual Assault?
Acts of sexual violence are serious, but some teens feel otherwise.
We hear it more often than we want to, but sexual assault does happen. However, there are some surprising numbers reporting how some people are responding to this type of violence.
About 1 in every 10 Americans between ages 14-21 says they have committed sexual violence at least once. Nationally, at least 4% have attempted to rape somebody.
The findings aren’t gender specific either; boys and girls are both accountable.
From those who admitted to having raped somebody, they also reported using coercive tactics in order to do so. This includes arguing, pressuring, threatening, or making their victim feel guilty. Forced and coerced sex was the most common, but oral sex was also reported.
What is maybe the most interesting is the response the perpetrators had to their acts. Most stated they felt they were not the least bit responsible for the incidents of sexual violence. Almost half of the teenage perpetrators suggested it was the victim’s fault.
What can we do to reduce sexual violence?