Local Statistics

Crime Victim Center of Erie County provided comprehensive intervention, crisis support, and advocacy to nearly 6,000 total in the year 2015 alone.

Among these numbers were 853 total survivors of sexual violence which includes:

  • 350 adults who’ve experienced sexual assault and abuse directly
  • 250 children
  • 253 significant others

CVC returned $121,851.39 in Crime Victims Compensation for 71 claims.

Lastly, CVC’s Prevention Education team presented more than 600 programs to 19,572 participants!

  • 499 presentations to 15,965 students
  • 61 trainings to 1,644 professionals
  • 20 presentations to 688 college students
  • 56 programs to 1,275 adults in the community

The Prevention Education department presented programs on:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Internet safety
  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Boundaries
  • Healthy relationships
  • Youth violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Human trafficking
  • Mandated Reporting

National Statistics

  • There is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. (U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2009-2013.)
  • 44% of victims are under the age of 18 (
  • 80% are under age 30 (

College Campus Statistics

  • 20% – 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college (b)
  • A 2002 study revealed that 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes (i)
  • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault (b)
  • 27% of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact (f)

Sexual Assault in the U.S.

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (a)
  • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance (a)
  • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger (a)
  • 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male (n)
  • In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator (k)
  • 8% of rapes occur while the victim is at work (d)

Reporting to the Police

  • Rape is the most under-reported crime of ALL crimes (
  • 68% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police (
  • 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail (
  • The prevalence of false reporting is low between 2% and 10%. (j)
sexual assault statistics

The Good News

Sexual assault has fallen by 49% in recent years.

Had the 1993 rate held steady, about 9.7 million Americans would have been assaulted in the last 20 years. Thanks to the decline, the actual number of victims was about 4.2 million. If not for the progress we’ve made in the last 20 years, an additional 5.5 million Americans would have become victims of sexual violence.

While we should be happy that we’re making progress, we are still a very long way from solving this problem. (Taken from and Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 1993-2013.)


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(b) Cullen, F., Fisher, B., & Turner, M., The sexual victimization of college
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(d) Duhart, D. (2001). Violence in the Workplace, 1993-99. Bureau of Justice
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(e) Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a
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(i) Lisak, D., Gardinier, L., Nicksa, S. C., & Cote, A. M. (2010). False allegations of
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(l) National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (2012).
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