Nearly one in five women have been raped, according to a new report on sexual victimization from the Center for Disease Control. The data tracks the responses of 12, 727 men and women over the age of 18, based on their experiences during and through 2011. The report's findings — particularly how prevalent rape is, and the fact that most rapists aren't strangers — shouldn't be surprising, but there's a difference between knowing facts dispel certain myths and seeing the numbers laid out.
19.3% of Women Have Been Raped
That breaks down to 23.3 million women over the age of 18. The C.D.C. defines rape as "completed forced penetration" (11.5 percent, 13.8 million), "attempted forced penetration" (6.4 percent, 7.7 million), and "Completed alcohol- or drug-facilitated penetration" (9.3 percent, 11.2 million).
Also, 43.9 percent of women have experienced other forms of sexual violence, including being groped, kissed, made to penetrate (0.6 percent of women and 6.7 percent of men report this), or shown explicit materials against their will.
40.4% of Women Were Under 18 When They Were Assaulted
According to the report, 40.4 percent of women said they were under 18 when they were first assaulted, and 78.7 percent say they were under 25 years old. That doesn't include "attempted penetration" rapes.