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One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. 46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes. Nearly one in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. Approximately one in 45 men has been made to penetrate an intimate partner during his lifetime. 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male. In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them 8% of rapes occur while the victim is at workCost and Impact: Each rape costs approximately $151,423 Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion) 81% of women and 35% of men report significant short-term or long-term impacts such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Health care is 16% higher for women who were sexually abused as children Campus Sexual Assault: One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes Crime Reports and False Reporting: Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%. For example, a study of eight U.S. communities, which included 2,059 cases of sexual assault, found a 7.1% rate of false reports. A study of 136 sexual assault cases in Boston found a 5.9% rate of false reports. Researchers studied 812 reports of sexual assault from 2000-03 and found a 2.1% rate of false reports. Adapted from: National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (2015). National Sexual Violence Resource Center Info & Stats For Journalists [Press release]. Retrieved 2017, from 

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