U.S. high school students forced to have sex, by state and gender

This statistic shows the share of American students in grades 9 to 12 who stated they have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once in their lives, by gender and state. The survey was conducted from September 2016 to December 2017. According to the source, 22 percent of female student respondents from Arkansas stated they have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse against their will at least once.

Percentage of students who were ever physically forced to have sexual intercourse* in 2017, by state and gender

Arkansas 22%16.1%
Oklahoma 15.7%2.9%
Idaho 15.1%4.1%
South Carolina 14.5%8.9%
Michigan 14.3%5%
Montana 14%4.8%
Missouri 13.3%7.1%
Illinois 13.1%7.7%
Nebraska 13%3.9%
Kentucky 13%3.2%
Pennsylvania 12.9%4.6%
West Virginia 12.7%4.9%
North Carolina 12.1%4.9%
Arizona 11.5%4.5%
New Mexico 11.1%4.8%
Alaska 10.8%5.8%
Hawaii 10.5%5.6%
Maryland 10.5%6.9%
Maine 10.4%4.3%
Connecticut 9.6%5.6%
Rhode Island 9.5%7.6%
Massachusetts 9.2%4.3%
Vermont 9.2%3.1%
California 9.1%4.8%
Delaware 9%3.4%
New Hampshire 8.8%2.8%
Nevada 7.5%3.6%
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Release date

June 2018


United States

Survey time period

September 2016 to December 2017

Number of respondents

15,713 respondents

Special properties

On one or more occasions during the 12 months before the survey

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Only states for whom data was available are included.

The survey was conducted at all regular public and private schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

*When they did not want to.

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