Fact: Between one in four and one in five college women will experience rape or attempted rape over the course
of a five-year college career (Fisher, Cullen, and Turner, December 2000).
Fact: 80–90 percent of assaults and attempted assaults are never reported.
Fact: Almost four out of five rapes were committed by someone known to the victim, such as a friend or acquaintance. (Rape in America: A Report to the Nation. National Center for Victims of Crime and Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center: Arlington, VA, 1992.)
Fact: Sexual assault is a crime regardless of the relationship between the victim and offender. Victims of intimate
partner assault are less likely to report the assault for fear that they will not be believed or because of their emotional investment in the relationship.
Fact: There are many responses to the trauma of sexual assault. The threat of physical harm and the surprise
of the attack can immobilize a person with fear. Sexual assault is sexual contact that is perpetrated against the
victim’s will—most of the damage is nonphysical.
Fact: Men can be assaulted, too. Men are most likely to be assaulted by another man or group of men. Often
weapons or alcohol are involved. Being raped has nothing to do with the victim’s sexuality or homophobic social