Everyone Has a Role in Preventing Sexual Assault
This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month—a time to help communities understand sexual violence and prevent it using best-available evidence.
What You Need To Know
- Nearly 1 in 5 women (19%) and 1 in 59 men (nearly 2%) in the U.S. have been raped in their lives. 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate someone in their lives.
- Most first-time sexual assaults occur before age 18, making early intervention and prevention efforts critical—for women and men.
- Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements can help standardize sexual violence definitions and data to guide prevention.