Sexual Violence in NJ

Sexual violence occurs anytime anyone does anything of a sexual nature to someone without their consent.

A Survivor is…a teenager who was drugged at a party. When she woke up she was surrounded by several men. She escaped and called a crisis hotline. An advocate supported her at the hospital during the forensic exam and police interview. The advocate connected the girl and her family to counseling and other resources.

Sexual violence is an issue that affects each of our communities in New Jersey. It does not discriminate by race, socio-economic status, or sexuality.

In 2010, NJCASA’s sexual violence program members:

  • Served 5,366 Survivors and 2,644 Others 
  • Answered 16,880 Hotline Calls and Emails .
  • Counseled 4,786 Individuals
  • Accompanied 1,972 Survivors through forensic medical exams, police interviews, and court appearances.

Statistics

  • 1 in 6 females and 1 in 33 males will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • About 84% of survivors know their perpetrators.
  • 65% of survivors are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
  • 15% of sexual assaults are reported to the police.
  • The FBI estimates that only about 2 percent of reports of sexual assault to law enforcement are false reports.
  • Lesbian, Gay, and bisexual people are at the same risk for sexual assault as people who identify as heterosexual.
  • Transgendered persons are at a greater risk for sexual victimization.
  • 25% of inmates report being sexually assaulted while in prison.
  • People with developmental disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
  • Over 50% of women receiving inpatient mental health services are sexually assaulted.

A Survivor is…a middle-aged teacher who as a child was sexually assaulted by a family friend. He had never told anyone about the assault and had previously attempted suicide. With the support of the sexual violence program, he was able to get into therapy and start to deal with the trauma of his childhood assault.