Consent & Sexual Assault

Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.

  • 1 out of 6 cis women have been victims of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime

  • About 3% of cis men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime

  • 64% of transgender people will experience sexual assault in their lifetime

  • A person with disabilities is 2 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault or rape than a person without a disability

  • In 2011–12, an estimated 4% of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons and 3% of people incarcerated in jail reported experiencing 1 or more incidents of sexual victimization (by another inmate or facility staff)

  • 7 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows (acquaintance, spouse, etc.)

  • Out of every 1,000 rapes, 7 will lead to a felony conviction — around 6 perpetrators will be incarcerated

  • Only about 2% of all rape charges are determined to be false (the same percentage as other felonies)

Most sexual assaults go unreported.

Terms to Know

Sexual assault: any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.

Rape: sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that persons’s consent.

  • the act may be carried out with or without physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving consent. Such as someone who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.

Sexual harassment: harassment in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.

Child sexual abuse: any sexual act with a child performed by an adult or an older child. Child sexual abuse can include a number of acts, including but not limited to:

  • sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed

  • penetrative sex, including penetration of the mouth

  • intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child

  • showing children pornography

Consent: giving someone permission for something to happen or an agreement to do something

Consent is…

F — freely given

R — reversible

I — informed

E — enthusiastic

S — specific/safe