Sexual violence is a
violation; it is any non-consensual sexual experience involving force,
coercion, and/or fear. Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to:
forced vaginal, anal, digital, and/or oral sex, fondling, sexual
harassment, rape, childhood sexual abuse and molestation, and forced
touching. It can be perpetrated by men or women. Sexual violence is
non-discriminatory; perpetrators or victims may be from any class, race
or sexual orientation. 86% of all rape is perpetrated by someone who is
KNOWNto the victim.
According to the NC
Department of Health and Human Services, in North Carolina 1 in 5 women
have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.
Over 20,000 North
Carolinians were affected by sexual violence last year. (Oct 2006 NC
Council for Women)
In 2003-2004 the local
county programs served 7,265 clients. The 2004-2005 total number of
clients served represents a 16% increase in the total clients served.
In 2004-2005, whites
compromised 60% of the clients served while 20% were black.
In 2004-2005 24% of the
clients served were in the 26-40 age group.
Women compromised 87% of
the total number of clients served while men accounted for 13%.
Of the total number of
assaults, 25% were child sexual offenses (1,446) reported to the local
A majority of clients
were assaulted by either an acquaintance or relative while 15% of the
clients served did not give this information to the local county
In 2004-2005, 31% of the
offenders were a relative of the victim while 35% were an acquaintance.
False accusations of
sexual assault are estimated to occur at the low rate of 2
percent—similar to the rate of false accusations for other violent
crimes. (First Response to Victims of Crime: A Handbook for Law
Enforcement Officers on How to Approach and Help. ((2000) Office for
Victims of Crime p.8-9)
Rape, childhood sexual
abuse, and domestic violence are among the most common causes of
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in women. The chances that a woman
will develop PTSD after being raped are between 50% and 95%. Sexual
assault is also closely associated with depression and anxiety disorder.
(Population Information Program. (2000) Population Reports: Ending
Violence Against Women. Center for Communication Programs, The John
Hopkins School of Public Health and Center for Health and Gender
In 2004-2005 Madison
county had 34 sexual assaults.
(Information provided by the North Carolina Council
for Women/Domestic Violence Commission-2006)