Stunning sexual violence statistics

Google it: all over the internet, people list what can be done in ninety seconds. It’s like an obsession. Brush your teeth, change your clothes, run a 200 meter race (if you’re an Olympian). How about inspire a nation? (Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev. Tear down this wall.”) Clean your desk.

Read a tweet.

Actually President Trump’s tweet requires less than ninety seconds.

But guess what else happens, on average, every 98 seconds?

Every 98 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted.

And, despite the President’s due process tweet, only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crime.

That doesn’t mean President Trump isn’t right: false accusations can ruin lives. But that does mean that the incidences of false accusations are very low. Far fewer victims simply don’t report sexual abuse than those who fabricate sexual abuse. Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. 

More sexual violence statistics:

99% of perpetrators of sexual violence are not convicted of the crime.

94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape

and 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.

23% of female college students have experienced sexual assault or sexual misconduct, as found in a survey across 27 U.S. universities.

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