I have provided below more statistics. As you know, the vast majority of these assaults are never reported. And when we are talking about rape, another category should be added – the rape by teenage boys of acquaintances/dates in school. Young girls, especially those who have not learned healthy self-management skills from their parents, are highly susceptible to being raped. In their innocent desire to be popular, for example, they can get in over their heads with more experienced boys and often times get raped.
Keep in mind that each organization listed below has its own way of collecting data.
- FBI Uniform Crime Report 2008: Forcible rape, as defined in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Attempts or assaults to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded. In 2008, the estimated number of forcible rapes was 89,000. Rapes by force comprised 92.5 percent of reported rape offenses, and attempts or assaults to commit rape accounted for 7.5 percent of reported rapes.
- National Crime Victimization Survey 2006: DEFINITION of RAPE: Forced sexual intercourse including both psychological coercion as well as physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means vaginal, anal or oral penetration by the offender(s). This category also includes incidents where the penetration is from a foreign object such as a bottle. Includes attempted rapes, male as well as female victims and both heterosexual and homosexual rape. Attempted rape includes verbal threats of rapes. SEXUAL ASSAULT DEFINED: A wide range of victimizations, separate from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender. Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling. Sexual assault also includes verbal threats. In 2006, the estimated number of rapes and sexual assaults was 255,630 (Rapes were 187,010; Sexual assaults were 68,620).
- National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System: All types of abuse and neglect of children under the age of 18-years-old are reported to this system. In 2007, an estimated 1,760 children died due to child abuse or neglect. More than 75%[of those deaths] were under four years of age. Approximately, 794,000 children were reported to Child Protective Services. Who knows how many were not reported.
These are alarming statistics and should be addressed at the national level by our legislators. I don’t know how many more people have to be assaulted before Congress decides to make this one of their major agenda items.