Sexual Assault Facts

Penn State Campus

Here are some statistics and facts concerning rape and sexual assault at Penn State, on college campuses, and in the United States as a whole.

  • There were 8 sexual assaults reported on campus in 2009, 4 in 2010, and 24 in 2011 (11 of which occurred in previous years), according to Penn State’s 2012 security report
  • Almost 30 sexual assaults have been reported to on and off-campus police during the 2012-2013 school year, according to an article by Onward State
  • According The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 54 percent of sexual assaults in the US go unreported to police (it is difficult to measure how many sexual assaults actually go unreported, and results differ greatly, one study found that on college campuses as little as 5 percent of sexual assaults are ever reported)
  • 85 to 90 percent of sexually assaulted women in college knew their attacker
  •  1 in 4 women in the US will be sexually assaulted before graduating from college, according to the Department of Justice.
  • 72 percent of rape victims on college campuses were intoxicated at the time of their assault, according to a survey done by the Harvard School of Public Health
  • A study in Eugene, Oregon found that 10 percent of gay and bisexual men reported being raped, according to Investigate West
  • 9 percent of sexual assaults reported to the NCVS from 1995-2010 were male
  • 4.1 females age 12-17 and 3.7 age 18-34 per 1000 were sexually assaulted in 2005-2010, according to the Department of Justice
  • 31 percent of rape victims will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their lifetimes