Sexual Assault Statistics

Sexual Assault Statistics

  • 6.3 million Texans have experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime1
  • 2 in 5 women in Texas have been sexually assaulted1
  • 1 in 5 men in Texas have been sexually assaulted1
  • The Majority of sexual assaults occur near or within the victims Home4
  • 55% were at home
  • 15% were in an open public area
  • 12% were at a relative’s home
  • 10% were at an enclosed public area
  • 8% were at school or work

What was the survivor doing when the crime occurred?4

  • 48% were sleeping, or performing another activity at home
  • 29% were traveling to and from work or school, or traveling to shop or run errands
  • 12% were working
  • 7% were attending school
  • 5% were doing an unknown or other activity
  • In 9 out of 10 sexual assaults, the victim knew their offender.
  • 93% of child victims of sexual assault knew their offender.4
    • 59% were acquaintances
    • 34% were family members
    • 7% were strangers to the victim

Most perpetrators of sexual assault are never held accountable for their crime!

  • 91% of sexual assault victims did not report to law enforcement1
  • Over 94% of rapists roam free with only 3% ever spending a day in jail4

Of the sexual violence crimes reported to police from 2005-2010, the survivor reporting gave the following reasons for doing so:4

  • 28% to protect the household or victim from further crimes by the offender
  • 25% to stop the incident or prevent recurrence or escalation
  • 21% to improve police surveillance or they believed they had a duty to do so
  • 17% to catch/punish/prevent offender from reoffending
  • 6% gave a different answer, or declined to cite one reason
  • 3% did so to get help or recover loss

Of the sexual violence crimes not reported to police from 2005-2010, the victim gave the following reasons for not reporting:4

  • 20% feared retaliation
  • 13% believed the police would not do anything to help
  • 13% believed it was a personal matter
  • 8% reported to a different official
  • 8% believed it was not important enough to report
  • 7% did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble
  • 2% believed the police could not do anything to help
  • 30% gave another reason, or did not cite one reason


Statistic References:

1. Busch-Armendariz, N.B., Olaya, D., Kerwick, M., Wachter, K. & Sulley, C. (2015). Health and well-being: Texas statewide sexual assault prevalence. The University of Texas at Austin, Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault: Austin, Texas

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3. Madigan, T. (2012). The serial rapists is not who you think. Star Telegram Online Retrieved from:

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