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General Statistics

One in five women is assaulted during her college career.

(Fisher, Cullen, & Turner [2000]. “The sexual victimization of college women,” Washington: NIJ/BJS.)

Women ages 16-24 experience assault at four times the rate of all women.

(Humphrey, S. and Kahn, A. [2000]. “Fraternities, Athletic Teams and Rape: Importance of Identification with a Risky Group.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

In 1998, the FBI found that only 8 percent of all reports of rape were “unfounded,” which includes false reports and reports where elements of the crime were never met.

(Sampson, R. [2003]. Acquaintance rape of college students. Problem Oriented Guides for Police Series, No. 17.)

Fewer than 5 percent of college women who are victims report it to the police.

(Fisher et al. [2000])

About one-third of survivors never tell anyone about the assault.

(Sampson, R. [2003])

College women are most vulnerable during the first few months of their freshman and sophomore years.

(Schwartz, M., and DeKeseredy, W. [1997]. Sexual Assault on the College Campus: the Role of Male Peer Support. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.)

One in four college women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape since the age of 16.

(Fisher et al. [2000])

Surveys suggest that up to 10 percent of acquaintance rape victims on college campuses are male.

(Bohmer, C., and Parrot, A. [1992]. Sexual Assault on Campus: the Problem, and the Solution. New York: Lexington Books.)

Relationship Violence Statistics

Thirty-two percent of students report dating violence by a former partner, and 21 percent report dating violence by a current partner.

(Sellers, C. and Bromley, M. [1996]. “Violent behavior in current college dating relationships.” Journal of Contemporary Justice.)

In a national study, 29 percent of women and 22 percent of men had experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse in their lifetimes.

(Coker AL et al. [2002]. “Physical and mental health effects of intimate partner violence for men and women.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 23(4):260–8.)

Incidence of domestic violence is as underreported as other crimes where the victim knows the perpetrator.

(Felson, R. and Pare, P. [2005] The reporting of domestic violence and sexual assault by nonstrangers to the police. National Center on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Link.)

Forty percent of gay and bisexual men will experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner.

(Greenwood, G. L. [2002]. “Battering and victimization among a probability-based sample of men who have sex with men.” American Journal of Public Health.)

Stalking Statistics

Eight percent of women and 2 percent of men have been stalked in their lifetimes.

(Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. [1998]. “Stalking in America: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” Washington, D.C.: NIJ.)

Eighty percent of college stalking victims knew their stalker.

(Fisher et al. [2000])

Ninety-four percent of female survivors and 60 percent of male survivors identified their stalker as male.

(Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. [1998])

Fifty-nine percent of female survivors were stalked by an intimate partner.

(Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. [1998])

Seventy-eight percent of stalkers use more than one means of approach.

(Mohandie, K., Meloy, J.R., McGowan, M., & Williams, J. [2006]. “The RECON Typology of Stalking: Reliability and Validity Based on a Large Sample of North American Stalkers.” Journal of Forensic Sciences. v51(1), 147.)

The average duration of stalking is 1.8 years. With intimate partners, the duration increases to 2.2 years.

(Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. [1998])

Thirteen percent of college women were stalked during one 6-9 month period.

(Fisher et al. [2000])

Three in 10 women reported being emotionally or psychologically injured as a result of the stalking.

(Fisher et al. [2000])