Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Sexaul Assault awareness month

Intersectionality plays a large role in the perceptions and pervasiveness of sexual assault in today’s world. Everything from gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and immigration status create widely different responses to sexual assault across different communities. Though the discussion of sexual assault in general is very important, paying attention to the trends of sexual assault amongst differing identities is essential to the fight against it. Below are some stats that shed light on the disparities of sexual assault within differing communities.

Sexual Violence (CDC Report)

Hispanic Women: 26.9% in lifetime

Black Women: 35.5%

White Women: 38.9%

Asian Pacific Islander Women: 22.9%

Native: 45.6%

Multiracial: 49.5%

WOC are less likely to report sexual violence and receive justice if they do report. WOC fear to report violence due to institutionalized racism and sexism and internalized racism and sexism within their communities. They fear being ostracized from their communities for reporting as well as the fear of contributing to inherently racist systems and practices.

Gender Stats (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)

81% of women report rape; 43% of men report rape

1 in 5 women experience rape or attempted rape; 24.8% (almost 1 in 4) men experience rape or attempted rape

Though the numbers seem pretty close, men are nearly half as likely to report rape or attempted rape then women due to multiple factors.

LGB Stats (CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey)

46% of bisexual women have been raped; 17% of straight women; 13% of lesbians

22 percent of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9 percent of straight women

40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21 percent of straight men

47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.

Among people of color, American Indian (65%), multiracial (59%), Middle Eastern (58%) and Black (53%) respondents of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey were most likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime

1 in 5 (20%) respondents who were incarcerated in jail, prison, or juvenile detention in the past year were sexually assaulted by facility staff during that time

People w disabilities are twice as likely to experience sexual violence than those without disabilities (Bureau of Justice Special Report)