Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent — including rape.
- Each year 434,000 Americans ages 12 and older are sexually assaulted. It's unacceptable.
- Everyone is affected by sexual violence, but gender does play a role. Nine out of every 10 sexual assault survivors in the United States are female.
- According to a nationwide CDC survey, nearly one in five women and one in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape. The survey also found that 44% of women have had some form of contact sexual violence — including rape, unwanted sexual touch, and sexual coercion.
- For LGBTQ people, sexual assault is just as prevalent, or even more so.
Statistics like these are appalling. But politicians across the country are rejecting policies that would help to end sexual assault in our communities. These politicians would rather have us quietly tolerate the unacceptable. Not on our watch.
Sexual assault is a major issue for sexual health. That’s why Planned Parenthood and activists across the country are fighting for three things that everyone deserves:
- comprehensive sex education that helps prevent assault;
- supportive public policies; and
- a culture of consent.
April 21, 2016
Study: Overwhelming Support for Consent Education in Schools