Alcohol and Rape

·        Alcohol use by the victim or the perpetrator is frequently associated with acquaintance rape.



·       In the same study 21% of the college women who experienced sexual aggression on a date were intoxicated at the time of the assault, and an additional 32% reported being mildly buzzed—53% were under the influence of alcohol.


·       More than once a minute, 78 times an hour, 1,871 times a day, girls and women in America are raped.

Figure 1.  Of the 12.1 million American women who have been raped, nearly 30% were assaulted when they were younger than 11 years old.  Another 32% were raped between the ages of 11 and 17; 22% were raped between the ages of 18 and 24; 10% were between the ages of 25 and 28.  6% of rapes occurred in women over the age of 29.



·        Sexual assault has nothing to do with passion; it uses power and control to dominate and humiliate victims.


·        50% of rapists are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old (see Figure 1).


·        Studies consistently conclude that 75% of all assaults are planned.  When three or more assailants are involved, the number climbs to 90%.


·        Rape is the most frequently committed violent crime in America.


·        78% of rape victims know their attacker.


·       The average annual rate of rape and sexual assault among American Indians is 3.5 times higher than for all races.


Race of victim

Percent of victims of violence reporting offender drinking (average annual percentage 1992-1996)

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