What do the numbers mean?
The United States is suffering from a sexual abuse epidemic when roughly 300,000 children are victimized every year. There are over 60 million adults who have suffered from sexual abuse today in the nation. The bottom line is that each one of these individuals needs help to begin the recovery process.
It is my goal to help you begin this process today.
These stats are from the Rainn Organization:
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.
9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.
Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:
- All women: 17.6%
- White women: 17.7%
- Black women: 18.8%
- Asian Pacific Islander women: 6.8%
- American Indian/Alaskan women: 34.1%
- Mixed race women: 24.4%
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
- From 1995-2010, 9% of rape and sexual assault victims were male.
- 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
- 29% are age 12-17.
- 44% are under age 18.
- 80% are under age 30.
- 12-34 are the highest risk years.
- Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
- 3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.
82% of all juvenile victims are female.
The year in a male’s life when he is most likely to be the victim of a sexual assault is age 4. A female’s year of greatest risk is age 14.
One in nine girls and one in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.
In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.
- Of these, 75% were girls.
- Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7.
Every 8 minutes, Child Protective Service responds to a report of sexual abuse.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
For 80% of juvenile victims, the perpetrator was a parent. 6% were other relatives. 4% were unmarried partners of a parent. 5% were "other" (from siblings to strangers).
On average during 1992-2001, American Indians age 12 or older experienced annually an estimated 5,900 rapes or sexual assaults.
- American Indians were twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races.
- Sexual violence makes up 5% of all violent crime committed against Indians (about the same as for other races).
Offender/victim relationship: 41% stranger; 34% acquaintance; 25% intimate or family
Campus Sexual Violence
Women 18-24 who are enrolled in college are 3 times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
Male college aged students are 78% more likely than nonstudents to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
Female college aged students are 20% less likely than nonstudents to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
Only 20% of female student survivors age 18-24 report to law enforcement. In comparison, 33% of female nonstudent survivors aged 18-24 report to law enforcement.
72% of campus law enforcement agencies have a staff member responsible for survivor response and assistance.
8% of all sexual assaults occur while victim is attending school.
Effects of Rape
Victims of sexual assault are:
3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
How to Get Help?
The first step in gaining help is admitting that it is time for your recovery to begin. The decision to gain assistance is a tremendous one. It is important to know that there are many methods to gain help and they are the following:
- Traditional Counseling
- Christian/Faith-Based Counseling
- Holistic Healing
What is Counseling?
According to the American Dictionary, counseling is defined as the following: Professional guidance of the individual by utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes.
According to the allaboutcounseling.com website, traditional counseling can be defined in the following method:
The Need for Helpful Counseling Resources
Most people only have a rough idea of what is involved in counseling. Television and movies, magazines and popular self-help books often give only the roughest idea of what goes on in various forms of therapy. Even when accurate information is provided, it’s often misleading and incomplete. Anyone hoping to learn what counseling involves must take the initiative and educate themselves.
But if you are facing some of the many profound challenges that capable, professional counselors can help with, the need to know becomes overwhelming. Where do you go to learn what you need? Are there resources you can turn to which will provide the information you need?
How to Find the Counseling You Need
Yes, there are resources that can help you. There are many resources you can draw on for reliable information, accurate and informed help in finding your way through the maze of different forms of counseling and different counseling services. Online and off there are services dedicated to providing you the information you need.
In some cases, you can turn to federal, state or county health services and family services. These governmental agencies often provide well-written, accessible material both online and in printed books and pamphlets – material that can help you better understand the world of counseling services available to you. Contacting an employee of these departments can also, in many instances, provide you with a willing guide to the basic issues involved, and help you find government supported counseling if you or your family needs help.
The government isn’t the only place to turn, though. If you have a health plan, your health insurance provider can also often unravel the various available counseling services, and in some cases can refer you to a counselor. There are also organizations which provide both information and referral services on request.
What is Christian/ Faith-Based Counseling?
According to Wikipedia, “Christian counseling focuses on a few main principles that are different from traditional counseling. It focuses on the care of the whole person as it is also sometimes named "soul-care", and maintains the values taught in the bible. The aim of Christian counseling is to help people regain a sense of hope for their life that is found in Jesus Christ. Faith-based counseling has been increasingly sought after in recent years. When people seek counseling, people are open to the idea of having their lives transformed and changed in a positive way .People are searching for answers in the midst of pain and suffering that is experienced in life and to obtain meaning for their life. Christian counseling believes that at the core of what they do is to help others achieve a better understanding of themselves and God which is rooted in the Holy Spirit's conviction.
According to the Ten keys.org website, the following information allows a holistic approach to healing in the area of sexual abuse, “Ten Keys: A Holistic Approach to Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
An easy framework for adults healing from childhood sexual abuse *
Because the work of healing is hard enough.
Launched in 2014, after founder Kristina Cizmar spent seven years reviewing the effects of trauma associated with childhood sexual abuse, available treatment options, and emerging research on these and related topics such as emotions. In this process, Kristina identified 10 “keys”, which together form a holistic approach to healing.
Like 1 in 4 women in the U.S., Kristina is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and it has been her own healing journey that brought her to this work. Through her own frustration with the difficulty in finding resources, she has been inspired to offer this to others.
There are Ten Keys for healing from childhood sexual abuse. Each one represents a key aspect of healing:
- Learn – at least enough to know you’re normal.
- Support – find your resources.
- Live. In other words… don’t kill yourself.
- Relationships: Can’t live without ‘em.
- Balance: finding ‘just right’.
- Allow: don’t fight your own wisdom.
- Write – to right yourself.
- Emotions: feel and adapt.
- Body: the storage unit for trauma.
- Community: find your voice, take your place.
*Ten Keys is not meant to take the place of consulting with a medical or mental health professional.