Important Facts

  • Sexual violence affects everyone.

  • In 2005, costs of sexual violence in Minnesota totaled $8 billion.

  • Sexual violence costs 3.3 times as much as alcohol impaired driving in MN.

  • Nationally, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men reported experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Almost two-thirds of all rapes are committed by someone who is known to the victim. Seventy-three percent (73%) of sexual assaults reported in a 2005 survey were perpetrated by a non-stranger. (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005)

  • Sexual violence is violence using sex, also referred to as "sexual abuse" and "sexual assault", which is the use of sexual actions and words that are unwanted by and/or harmful to another person.

  • Many of our society's norms support, condone, or ignore sexually violent messages and/or behavior, which contribute to sexual violence, also referred to as a "rape culture" or "pornified culture."

      Sexual violence norms include:
    • Destructive gender socialization
    • Uses of sex for power and control
    • Exploitive images of women and children in the media
    • Narrow definitions of masculinity/femininity


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