960,000 Will Experience Rape

The NISVS reported that during a woman’s lifetime in Pennsylvania, 18.8% or 960,000 will experience rape, and 2.3 million women will be subjected to sexual violence other than rape.

Until recently, no surveys reported the prevalence of rape in Pennsylvania. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) report estimates that in Pennsylvania 18.8% or 960,000 women were raped, and that 45.3 percent or 2.3 million women are subjected to sexual violence other than rape. The only other available Pennsylvania-specific data relate to those who report to police or who seek counseling services from Pennsylvania’s sexual assault service providers.

Under the federal Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, police reporting of crime data is voluntary. However, in 2004, Pennsylvania created the Pennsylvania UCR Program, which requires local, county, and state police authorities to submit monthly crime statistics to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and requires the PSP to publicly report such data on an annual basis.


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