Sexual violence is any sexual act, completed or threatened, where consent is not obtained or freely given.National data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicate that as many as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men experience rape at least once during their lifetimes, while many more experience some other form of sexual violence such as harassment, peeping, or threats.
According to the N.C. Council for Women and Domestic Violence Commission, the 75 rape crisis centers across North Carolina (NC) received 23,002 crisis calls and served 13,214 victims of sexual assault between March 2011 and March 2012. About ten percent of women over the age of 18 in NC report experiencing sexual violence (N.C. Behavioral Risk Factor Survey). A little over half are assaulted by partners or spouses, 37% by acquaintances, and 35% by strangers. (Totals are >100% because some women are sexually assaulted by more than one person.) The prevalence of sexual violence and the consequences of sexual violence to victims, their families and friends, and to society constitute a serious public health problem in North Carolina.
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
National Sexual Violence Resource Center