Sexual Assault by the Numbers
Just how bad of a problem is sexual assault? The reality is that we don’t definitively know; the available data can not begin to paint the complete picture of the scope of the problem. Why? Because most of the numbers we have reflect the number of crimes reported to law enforcement. But, sexual assault is one of those crimes that is still so misunderstood; we know that many victims are not reporting – either because they are ashamed, feel the assault was somehow their fault, are worried about consequences to their perpetrator (who all too often is someone known to the victim and/or an intimate partner), or because they feel that what happened was just “normal” and wasn’t a crime at all.
In partnership with state agencies and the service providers we represent, WCASA is working toward a more comprehensive picture of sexual violence in Wisconsin.
- See arrest data from the Wisconsin Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Data Dashboard Center (Wisconsin Department of Justice), an interactive way to view data through 2014.
- The Burden of Sexual Violence in Wisconsin Report 2010 compiles data from a variety of sources to help us articulate the impact sexual violence has at a state level, as well as in each of the 72 counties.
- The WI Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) released an annual sexual assault report through 2010 which can be accessed on the Wisconsin Department of Justice page for Justice Statistics Documents (scroll down for sexual assault reports 2006-2010)
- WI Department of Public Instruction Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- Get a quick glance of this data through The Need for Violence Prevention in Wisconsin Infographic.
- Children’s Trust Fund - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in Wisconsin Report
- Get a quick glance of national data via the
- ALICE database – learn more about Alice, the database used to collect advocacy related data in Wisconsin. Ongoing support for this database is being discontinued.
NISVS – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
In December, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2010 Report from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The report provides insight into the prevalence and characteristics of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence across the county, and in Wisconsin. The survey shows that more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
To access all NISVS information and reports please visit the NISVS page of the CDC website.
For information from the CDC please review resources available through the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC):
- Fact Sheet
- Toolkit (the toolkit provides information on the survey methodology, best ways to interpret and use the data, tips for working with media, and answers to frequently-asked questions)
This report examines the prevalence of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization using data from the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
NISVS 2010 Report on Intimate Partner Violence explores patterns of victimization and impact: One of the key findings is that almost 1 in 10 women in the United States has been raped by an intimate partner | Published: Feb 26, 2014
NISVS 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation explores patterns of victimization and impact based on sexual orientation.
New Study of 1,430 7th-Grader Students Reports Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Risk Factors Occurring among Middle School Students. Prevention in Middle School Matters a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Published: Mar 29, 2012
WCASA Evaluation Results:
WCASA 2014 Board / Climate Survey Results
WCASA Regional Technical Assistance Model Results