U.S. forcible rape/sexual assault victims 2020, by victim/offender relationship

Number of forcible rape and sexual assault victims in the United States in 2020, by victim/offender relationship

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Release date

November 2021


United States

Survey time period


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.

Intimate partner is defined as current and former spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends.

Data for the following cases should be interpreted with caution, based on 10 or fewer sample cases or the coefficient of variation is greater than 50%: male victims of intimates, male victims of friends, male and female victims of unknown relationships, male victims of where the number of offenders is not known.

No data available for male victims of other relatives.

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