Sexual violence happens in our communities every day. Statistics show:

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18 (Finkelhor, et al., 1990
  • In Cambria and Somerset Counties during fiscal year 2019-2020, Victim Services served a total of 1,406 people:
    365 child victims received 1,820 hours of service
    416 adult victims received 2,777 hours of service
    625 parents, siblings, partners, friends, etc. received 1,886 hours of service                                            *72% of our total clients were related to sexual violence
  • In fiscal year 2018-2019, 18,599 sexual assault victims received 96,368 hours of services from sexual assault centers across the state of Pennsylvania.
  • On average, from 1992-2000, only 31% of all rapes and sexual victimizations were reported to the police. (Hart, Timothy and Rennison, 2000)
  • Probability that an arrest will be made when a rape is reported: 1:2. (50.8%) (National Center for Policy Analysis, 1999)
  • The overall probability that a rapist will be sent to prison for his crime: 16.3%. The average sentence: 128 days. (National Center for Policy Analysis, 1999)
  • 7 in 10 rape and sexual assault victims know their attacker prior to the assault. (Rennison, 2000)
  • Chances that a woman will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being raped are between 50% and 95%. (Population Information Program, 1999)
  • Women with a childhood history of sexual abuse are 4.7 times more likely to be subsequently raped. (Merrill et al. 1997)
  • Persons under 18 years of age account for 67% of all sexual assault victimizations reported to law enforcement agencies. Children under 12 years old account for 34% of those cases and children under six years account for 14% of those cases. (Snyder, 2000).
  • Child-victims of rape know their offended prior to the incident 90% of the time. (Greenfeld, 1996)
  • Juveniles are responsible for victimizing 40% of the child sexual assault victims under six years of age. (Snyder, 2000)
  • Girls who were raped are about three times more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders and over four times more likely to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse in adulthood. (Kendler, et al., 2000)
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were three and a half times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. (Rennison, 2000)
  • Nearly 24% of sexually active girls younger than 13 years old reported that their first intercourse was non-consensual. (Abma, et al., 1998)