Information For Victims

We believe you. It is not your fault.

Rape and other crimes of sexual violence have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their communities. The crimes of sexual battery, child sexual abuse, incest, stalking, marital rape, and sexual harassment inflict trauma to survivors' physical and mental health and rob them of their sense of safety and well-being. The prevalence of rape also has wide-reaching impacts on other cultural problems. According to Noll, Shenk, & Putnam (2009), approximately 5 out of 10 pregnant adolescents have a history of childhood sexual abuse. Rape is responsible for up to 20% of teenage pregnancies and an estimated 62% of teen girls’ first pregnancies are preceded by experiences of molestation, rape, or attempted rape (Boyer & Fine, 1993). As of 1996, the national rape-related pregnancy rate was 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies resulted from rape each year (Holmes, Resnick, & Kilpatrick, 1996). Survivors of rape are additionally at an increased risk of substance abuse and mental health problems including major depression, suicide, and post-traumatic stress disorder (Kilpatrick, Ruggiero, Acierno, Saunders, et al., 2003).

You are not alone.

Rape is the most under-reported crime in America, so it is difficult to know how many lives are affected by sexual violence. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2002, 2012) estimates that only 30.7% of victims report the crime to law enforcement. Thirty-six (36%) percent of rapes, 34% of attempted rapes, and 26% of sexual assaults were reported to police, in 1992-2000. On average, an estimated 211,200 rapes and sexual assaults went unreported to police each year between 2006 and 2010. Although serious violent crime was generally less likely to go unreported to the police than simple assault, a higher percentage of rape or sexual assault (65%) than simple assault (56%) victimizations went unreported, over the aforementioned five-year period. 

Florida Data

  • In Florida, 1 in 6 women (17%) have been raped at some point in their lives (CDC, 2010).
  • In Florida, a sexual offense is reported to law enforcement every 49 minutes (NSVRC, 2015).
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports 10,732 sex offenses were reported in 2015* (7,201 rapes & 336 attempted rapes).  

* Definitions and data reporting methods vary. For example, forcible sodomy and forcible fondling were not reported as part of the sexual offense numbers until 2013.

 

Rape

Sexual Violence Other Than Rape

State

Weighed %

Estimated Number of Victims

Weighed %

Estimated Number of Victims

Florida

17.0

1,266,000

41.8

3,111,000

Source: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. CDC 2010 Summary Report.

We are here for you, when you are ready.

Florida responds to the needs of sexual assault survivors in many ways. Community-based sexual assault programs and victim advocacy programs provide community education, counseling, support groups, hotlines, and crisis intervention services for sexual assault victims. The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) operates a toll-free hotline to help callers in Florida find the services and information they need. Callers can be immediately transferred to the nearest rape crisis center or can obtain information from FCASV.

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