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Quick Stats on Forceable Rape
from the 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Forcible rape, as defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. Assaults and attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included; however, statutory rape (without force) and other sex offenses are excluded.
  • There were an estimated 88,097 forcible rapes reported to law enforcement in 2009 (By comparison, the estimated volume of rapes for 2009 was 2.6 percent lower than the 2008 estimate, 6.6 percent lower than the 2005 number, and 2.3 percent below the 2000 level.)

  • The rate of forcible rapes in 2009 was estimated at 56.6 per 100,000 female inhabitants, a 3.4 percent decrease when compared with the 2008 estimated rate of 58.6.

  • Based on rape offenses actually reported to the UCR Program in 2005, rapes by force comprised 91.8 percent of reported rape offenses, and assaults to rape attempts accounted for 8.2 percent of reported rape offenses. This equated to 48.4 rapes by force per 100,000 female inhabitants and 4.3 assaults to rape attempts per 100,000 females in 2005.

  • Rapes by force comprised 93.0 percent of reported rape offenses in 2009, and attempts or assaults to commit rape accounted for 7.0 percent of reported rapes.

  • A little over 41% of forcible rape were cleared by arrest or exceptional means.

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Quick Stats from the Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics:
Criminal Victimization in the United States (2005) - Statistical Tables Index

Age of Offenders (Table 39: Rape/Sexual Assault)

15-17 years old: 11%
18-20 years old: 15%
21-29 years old: 26%
30 and over: 45%
Other/unknown: 3%

Relationship of Offender to Victim (Tables 27 and 33)

Well Known: 33%
Casual Acquaintance:31%
Don't Know: 4%
Stranger: 32%
Overall: 65% of offenders were non-strangers

Location of Offense (Table 61)

At victim's home: 36%
Near home: 1%
Friend, Relative, Neighbor's Home: 24%
Other commercial building: 1%
On school property: 8%
Common yard, park, field, playground: 3%
On street other than near home: 9%
Other: 18%

Rape/Sexual Assault reported to police (Tables 91 and 96)

Overall only 38% reported
Age 12-19 reported 33% of the time
Age 20-34 reported 30% of the time
Age 35-49 reported 62% of the time
Age 50-64 reported 37% of the time

Activity of victims at time of incident

Working or on duty: 11%
Going to or from work: 1%
Going to or from school: 3%
Going to or from other place: 4%
At school: 5%
Leisure activity away from home: 29%
Sleeping: 20%
Other activity at home: 25%
Other: 2%


When compared with nonvictims, rape victims have been found to be 8.7 times more likely to attempt suicide.

Sober IS Safer

75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in acquaintance rape had been drinking or using drugs.

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