Below are some statistics from the CDC, Division of Violence Prevention. Why is it important to know these? Because the feelings of shame, and the fear of being judged if someone finds out, is so prevalent in sexual assault survivors. You are not alone! These feelings can stop someone from seeking the help they need to overcome the physical and mental tolls it can take on a person.
You are not alone! You did nothing wrong! You WILL overcome! There is help out there!
I can’t express enough, even with all the exclamation points, how close you are to not only overcoming that which you hold secretly close… but flourishing in the face of adversity! The first step is reaching out, and H.O.P.E is here to make it easier for you when you’re ready to take that step. Whether you need assistance finding affordable/free therapy, one-on-one advice, or just a community of support.. we’re here for YOU!
- Nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives.
- More than half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance; for male victims, more than half (52.4%) reported being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
- 79.6% of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25; 42.2% experienced their first completed rape before the age of 18 years.
- More than one-quarter of male victims of completed rape (27.8%) experienced their first rape when they were 10 years of age or younger.