How Common is Sexual Assault Among Youths?


Nearly 1 in 10 Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 reports having perpetrated some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes, according to a study published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

The study, based on surveys of 1,058 youths conducted between October 2010 and March 2012, also found that 4 percent of respondents reported attempting or completing rape.

The study's authors asked participants whether they had engaged in a wide range of behaviors defined by the U.S. Department of Justice as sexually violent, including making an unwilling partner engage in kissing, touching or sexual intercourse.

About one in seven respondents believed that he or she was “not at all responsible for what happened,” and about four in 10 said they considered the victim either somewhat or completely responsible.

About nine out of 10 perpetrators younger than 17 were male, but that figure drops to just over half (52%) among those aged 18 or 19.

Out of the sample of 1,058 respondents, two reported being arrested for sexual violence.

The full study is available for purchase HERE.

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