Who Is Considered Most Vulnerable for Sexual Assault?
Breit Cantor Grana Buckner—July 16, 2019
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, but there are statistics that detail which individuals are considered the most vulnerable. While we do not promote these numbers as something to be concerned about, we want those who may be at risk to understand the factors involved so they can protect themselves, as well as understand what rights they have.
Here are some of the facts regarding sexual assault victims and statistics that show who is most vulnerable:
- Age range: Of the victims who suffer from sexual assault, a large majority (54%) of the victims are between the ages of 18 and 34. The next highest number is 28%, encompassing 35 to 64 years old, 15% are those between the age of 12 and 17, and 3% are over the age of 65.
- College students: In 2015, roughly 89% of all campuses reported zero incidents of rape. However, research shows that male college students are 5x more likely to be victims of sexual assault than non-student males. Female college students are 3x more likely to be victims of sexual assault than all other women.
- Familiarity: Many of those who are vulnerable know their attackers. In fact, 8 out of 10 rapes are committed by individuals who the victim know, many of them committed by an acquaintance or former or current significant other.
The reports show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men total will experience some sort of sexual assault over the course of their lifetime. It’s important for survivors to report the incident and seek counsel to hold their attackers fully accountable.
Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
For many, enduring this type of situation can seem like a seemingly insurmountable fight and survivors often feel as though they don’t have a voice. It’s important to know that reporting the assault and getting legal help can help protect you from future assaults and begin the process of closure, but it can also help others avoid these actions.
At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we truly care about our clients and have a solid track record of results in sexual assault cases. We know that this is an incredibly difficult situation to walk through and it’s imperative to have someone on your side ready to protect your rights. Trust that we’ll be here every step of the way, giving you the strength you need to take action.
Contact our firm today: (855) 212-8200. We help individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and assault.