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Local + National Statistics

Local Statistics

H.O.P.E. Works provided comprehensive intervention, crisis support, and advocacy to 956 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones between July 2013 and June 2014.  H.O.P.E. Works served 612 Vermonters who experience sexual assault and abuse directly; assisted 236 children who were exposed to this violence; and supported another 108 loved ones of survivors (family, friends, intimate partners, and roommates.) 

H.O.P.E. Works responded to 3,743 hotline and online hotline calls during the year, and an additional 997 in-person call-outs—providing support and assistance to survivors at the hospital, police stations, courthouse, and at other service organizations. On any given workday, we received/provided 18 calls and in-person meetings with survivors on average

Of the survivors we served…

  • 53% were youth (newborn  to twenty-four years old); and

  • 2% were over the age of 61.

  • 84% were women;

  • 14% were men; and

  • 3% was transgender youth and adults. ?

Of the survivors who reached out for services…

  • 62% had survived a sexual assault;

  • 18% had experienced child sexual abuse;

  • 10% had been stalked;

  • 7% had experienced sexual abuse other than rape;

  • 5% had experienced sexual harassment in school or in workforce;

  • 3% had survived a drug-facilitated sexual assault;

  • 3% had been sex trafficked in Vermont; and

  • 1% had experienced an attempted rape.

Of the people who identified their relationship with their offender…

  • 60% had been victimized by an acquaintance;

  • 19% by a current or former partner;

  • 14% by a family member or other relative; and

  • 7% by a stranger. 


National Statistics

  • In the United States, a rape is reported about once every five minutes (FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2000).

  • Sexual Assault continues to represent the most rapidly growing violent crime in America (American Medical Association, 2000).

  • The U.S. has the highest rate of sexual assault per capita of any industrialized country (U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1990).

  • It is estimated that as few as 10 percent of sexual assaults are reported to the police (American Medical Association, 2000).

Male Survivors

  • 92,700 men are forcibly raped each year in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control, 1998).

  • The year in a male's life when he is most likely to be a victim of sexual assault is the age of 4 (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2000).

  • One in four victims of sexual assault under the age of 12 are boys (Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, 1999).

  • Boys are less likely than girls to report sexual abuse (Sexual Abuse of Boys: 1998).

College & Youth Survivors

  • For every 1,000 college women living on a campus, 35 rapes happen every academic year; fewer than 5% of these assaults are reported to law enforcement officials (U.S. Dept. of Justice, 2000).

  • 1 out of 6 college women report having been the victim of rape or attempted rape during the preceding year (National Survey of Sexual Violence on College Campuses, 1998).

  • 20% of high school girls aged 14-18 report being hit, slapped, shoved or forced into sexual activity by a dating partner (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001).

  • Girls aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2000).