According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014, 1.8% of rapes in the United States were committed by someone the victim knew, and the vast majority of sexual assaults (85%) were committed while the victim was intoxicated.
That number is still below the national average of 8.7%, but in the States at least, the percentage of sexual assault victims who were inebriated or under the influence of drugs was lower than in the US overall.
The BJS notes that the majority of rape victims who are “high-risk” are under the age of 18, and that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for rape.
The most common reasons that women who are raped are high-risk include alcohol, drug use, and domestic violence.
In the past, this was a major reason for men to be arrested for rape in the eyes of the law.
A 2013 study by researchers at the University of Michigan, also looked at the prevalence of sexual violence in the U.S. and found that in 2013, women who were raped had a significantly higher risk of having an abusive relationship than their male counterparts.
According to a study published in the journal Violence Against Women, one in five female college students in the country reported that they were raped, which is double the national rate of 1 in 14 women.
The study also found that women are more likely to be raped by someone they know or have a relationship with, and are more at risk of being the victim of sexual harassment, stalking, and rape.
While these statistics are staggering, there are some statistics that do indicate that men who commit sexual assault are committing crimes against women in America, as well.
According to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 90% of sexual crimes that are reported to police in the United States are committed by men.
According a study by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), one in four sexual assault reports are not reported because a victim does not know the perpetrator.
There is also a lack of data on the prevalence and severity of sexual abuse in America.
In 2015, a study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that only 21% of victims of sexual victimization in the study had received a formal intervention from a counselor, compared to a national average for 44% of survivors of abuse.
These numbers paint a picture of an American society where men are more than twice as likely as women to commit sexual abuse, yet women are far more likely than men to report the crime.
If you or anyone you know needs to speak to someone about sexual violence, we encourage you to contact the Rape Crisis Line at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or to talk to a trained advocate at 1.866.656.HOPE.
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