Forcible rape and sexual assault victims in the U.S. 1993-2018, by sex

This graph shows the number of forcible rape and sexual assault victims in the United States from 1993 to 2018, by gender. In 2018, about 652,700 women were raped or sexual assaulted in the U.S. - a significant increase from the 363,400 victims reported in the previous year.

Number of forcible rape and sexual assault victims in the United States from 1993 to 2018, by sex

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

1993 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Rape is defined here as: unlawful penetration of a person against the will of the victim, with use or threatened use of force, or attempting such an act. Includes psychological coercion and physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means vaginal, anal, or oral penetration by the offender. Also includes incidents where penetration is from a foreign object, such as a bottle. Includes male and female victims, and both heterosexual and homosexual rape. Attempted rape includes verbal threats of rape.

Sexual assault is defined here as: a wide range of victimizations, separate from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender. Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include grabbing or fondling. Sexual assault also includes verbal threats.

Rape and sexual assault are combined by the source into one victimization measure.

Only incidents of rape and sexual assault reported through the survey are counted here.

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