The U.S. Government Center for Disease Control defines sexual assault/violence as sexual activity when consent is not obtained or given freely. In addition, sexual assault occurs when the victim is unable to consent due to drugs or alcohol. Sexual assault can affect both men and women, although the majority of victims are women. The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim. Sexual assault is universally recognized as a crime of violence that cannot be justified by anything the victim said, did, or wore.
In a national survey of adults nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. Approximately 1 in 20 women and men experienced sexual violence other than rape in the 12 months prior to the survey. 13% of women and 6% of men reported they experienced sexual coercion at some time in their lives.
Facts About Sexual Assault