One in five women in the United States experienced completed or attempted rape during their lifetime. Nearly a quarter (24.8%) of men in the U.S. experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. Nationwide, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime. One in three female victims of completed or attempted rape experienced it for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17.
About one in four male victims of completed or attempted rape first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17. It is estimated that 734,630 people were raped (including threatened, attempted, or completed rape) in the U.S. in 2018. Forty percent of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to police in 2017, but only about 25% were reported to police in 2018. The prevalence of false reporting for sexual assault crimes is low — between two percent and 10 percent.
About half (51.1%) of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance. Over half (52.4%) of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
Sexual abuse is one of the few crimes where the victims rarely speak up straight away, especially when the victims are children. In fact in many instances, children do not realize the abuse is wrong, as they are lead by their abusers to believe the abuse is normal.
A tell tale sign something might be wrong is when the person being abused starts to withdraw from the rest of the world and act slightly different, but in terms of physical evidence there can be little to go on and so it can be difficult to prove guilt.
If you suspect that someone you love is being abused and have a suspicion about who their abuser may be, or if the abused individual does finally name their abuser, you may still struggle to prove it. Contact law enforcement. But also know that a polygraph test may be an excellent and effective means to find out if a person really has committed the crimes of which they are being accused.
Unless done with an attorney under attorney client privilege, PPoT will likely decline conducting examinations when cases are within the statute of limitations. In those situations, the case should be passed directly to law enforcement. Having PPoT be the first reportee simply causes PPoT too much difficulty, as there is a duty for PPoT to report the event to law enforcement.
Sexual Assault has a statute of limitations of 10 years. It's 20 years from the victim's 18th birthday if the perpetrator had kidnapped the child and had intent to commit sexual assault. Sexual Assault of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Sexual Assaults where DNA was collected, and Continuous Sexual Assault have no statute of limitations within Texas.