Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.1
Almost 30% of men who reported experiencing a completed rape said it happened when they were 10 years old or younger1. 79% of women said it happened before they turned 25. 42% said it happened before they turned 18.
Almost 1 in 8 women who identify as lesbian and 46% of women who identify as bisexual have been raped in their lifetime. 40% of men who identify as gay and almost half of men who identify as bisexual experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime2.
What Causes Sexual Violence?
Inequality, oppression, and discrimination are the root causes of sexual violence. The valuing of some people over others causes sexual violence, as well as other forms of violence and abuse. Because women and girls are given less power and value in society, some people feel they can violate women and girls’ boundaries and commit acts of violence against them.
Each of us can create a world free of sexual violence.
How Can We Change Society?
Each of us can create a world free of sexual violence. We can create safe schools and spaces for the children and teens in our lives. We can support workplace policies that prevent sexual harassment and protect the needs of survivors of sexual assault. We can promote faith communities and spiritual spaces that empower survivors and hold people accountable for their actions. We all play a role in preventing sexual violence and establishing norms of respect, safety, equality, and helping others.
The NJCASA Training Institute provides training, technical assistance, and resources to professionals and institutions that have contact with sexual violence survivors or are working to prevent sexual violence. View our upcoming training events.
Law & Legislation
NJCASA works diligently to develop, influence, and enhance public policy and legislative initiatives that support survivors and reduce the risk of sexual violence statewide. Stay up-to-date on our efforts.
We are committed to eliminating sexual violence and other forms of abuse through community-based and statewide efforts. NJCASA supports the work of rape crisis centers as they work with community partners to create safe communities for all.
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 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf
 Walters, M.L., Chen J., & Breiding, M.J. (2013). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 findings on victimization by sexual orientation. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_sofindings.pdf