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Prevention

Our New Name

We changed our name from Women's Rape Crisis Center in 2011 as a response to our growing services and need to be inclusive of all the people we served.

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Local Statistics

HOPE Works provided comprehensive crisis intervention, support, and advocacy to 434 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones between July 2010 and June 2011. HOPE Works handled over 2,280 hotline calls during the year, or about 6 calls a day.

HOPE Works provided support and assistance to survivors at the hospital, police station, courthouse, in support groups, and at other service organizations, for a total of on average 5 contacts with each person we served.

Of the survivors we served whose gender was disclosed…

  • 84% were women and girls; and

  • 16% were men and boys.

Of the people who disclosed their age…

  • 37% were between age eighteen and twenty-five; and

  • 18% were under the age eighteen.

Types of victimization (some callers disclosed multiple forms of abuse):

  • 86% had survived a sexual assault;

  • 46% had been physically or emotionally abused;

  • 7% had experienced sexual abuse other than rape; and

  • 6% had been stalked.

Of the people who identified their relationship with their offender…

  • 40% had been victimized by an acquaintance;

  • 38% by a current or former partner;

  • 18% by a family member or other relative; and

  • 4% 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).