Sexual Violence Rates Unchanged from 2005 to 2010


After a 64 percent drop between 1995 and 2005, the rate of sexual violence against women remained unchanged between 2005 and 2010, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

The rate declined from 5 per 1,000 females age 12 or older in 1995 to 1.8 in 2005, according to the report. Estimates of sexual violence are based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a twice-yearly national study of crime victimization.

The percentage of rape or sexual assaults reported to police dropped to 35 percent in 2010, down from a high of 56 percent in 2003.

Between 2005 and 2010, about 80 percent of female rape or sexual assault victims were treated at a hospital, doctor's office or emergency room, according to the report, up from 65 percent between 1994 and 1998.

Read the report HERE.

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