The Facts

Use the Doane University Sexual Assault and Rape Policy for campus definitions and greivance procedures. 

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Dating violence is a pattern of behavior where one person uses threats of, or actually uses, physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse, to control his or her dating partner. Dating violence can include any person, regardless of gender, who is in an intimate relationship with another person primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long-term.
- Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
 
National Statistics
 
  • 43% of dating college women reported experiencing abusive behaviors from their partner
  • A 2013 study found 26% of teens in relationships were victims of cyber dating abuse. Females were twice as likely to be victims as males
  • 4% of teens agreed that it’s okay for someone to hit their partner if they really did something wrong or embarrassing
  • 25-35% of teens equate jealousy, possessiveness and violence with love
  • 57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship
  • Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse
 
Doane Statistics
 
  • Emotional Abuse: 7.6%
  • Physical Abuse: 1.9%
  • Sexual Abuse (as a form of relationship violence): 6.2%
 
We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
- Office on Violence Against Women
 
Facts
 
  • Accounts for 15% of all violent crime
  • Most common among women between the ages of 18-24
  • 19% involves of a weapon
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner
  • 94% of the victims are female
  • Cuts across socio-economic barriers
 
National Statistics
 
  • An average of 20 people are physically abused every minute by their partner
  • More than 10 million abuse victims annually
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by their partner
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by their partner
  • DV hotlines receive ~20,800 calls/day
 
Nebraska Statistics
 
  • Ranks 39th in Hotline call volume
  • 173 victims were counted on a single day in September 2014 for needing emergency shelters or transitional housing
  • 228 victims on a single day in September 2014 received other services from domestic violence programs (advocacy, counseling, support groups)
 
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
- Office on Violence Against Women
 
Sexual assault is forced, manipulated or coerced sexual contact. It includes rape, child sexual abuse, same-sex assault, acquaintance rape, harassment and marital rape. The perpetrator uses sex to inflict physical and emotional violence and humiliation on the victim, or to exert power and control over the victim. Men almost always perpetrate sexual assaults – even when the victims are other men or boys.
- Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
 
National Statistics
 
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • The majority of sexual assault victims experience their first assault before their eighteenth birthday.
  • Some people experience on-going sexual abuse during their childhood, a dating relationship or marriage. Other people experience multiple assaults at the hands of various assailants throughout their lives.
  • 46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes.
  • 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male.
  • In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them.
 
Prevalence in Intimate Relationships
 
  • 7.7% of U.S. women reported that they had been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 76% of the women who were raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 were assaulted by a current or former husband, cohabitating partner, or date.
  • 45.9% of the battered women who reported abuse also reported being forced into sex by their intimate partners.
  • In one study, over half of martial rape survivors surveyed experienced more than one sexual assault in a 6-month reference period before the survey.
  • Approximately half (51.2%) of the women raped by an intimate partner said they were victimized multiple times by the same partner. Overall, female rape victims averaged 4.5 rapes by the same partner.
  • Although sexual assault is perhaps the most understudied topic of same-sex violence, clinical work and advocacy efforts show that lesbians and gay men endure the same types of abuse that heterosexual women suffer, including sexual assault.
 
Prevalence for College Aged Students (18-24)
 
  • 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).
  • Among graduate and professional students, 8.8% of females and 2.2% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
  • Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
  • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • Female college-aged students (18-24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
 
Reporting
 
  • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities.
  • The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%. For example, a study of eight U.S. communities, which included 2,059 cases of sexual assault, found a 7.1% rate of false reports. A study of 136 sexual assault cases in Boston found a 5.9% rate of false reports. Researchers studied 812 reports of sexual assault from 2000-03 and found a 2.1% rate of false reports.
 
Doane Statistics
 
  • 21% of females, 10% of males reporting having unwanted sexual contact since they began their career at Doane
  • 3-4% of females sought out confidential services, 0% of males sought out confidential services
  • 0% of either male, female, or other sought out formal reporting options
 
Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
 
Stalking can include:
 
  • Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email.
  • Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
  • Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.
  • Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim’s children, relatives, friends, or pets.
  • Damaging or threatening to damage the victim’s property.
  • Harassing victim through the internet.
  • Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
  • Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim’s garbage, following the victim, contacting victim’s friends, family work, or neighbors, etc.
  • Office on Violence Against Women
 
Statistics
 
  • 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
  • 15% of women and 6% of men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • Over 85% of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.
  • 25% of female victims and 32% of male victims of stalking are stalked by an acquaintance.
  • About 1 in 5 of stalking victims are stalked by a stranger.
  • Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.
  • 11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more.
  • 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.
 
Impact on Victims
 
  • 46% of stalking victims fear not knowing what will happen next. 
  • 29% of stalking victims fear the stalking will never stop.
  • 1 in 8 employed stalking victims lose time from work as a result of their victimization and more than half lose 5 days of work or more.
  • 1 in 7 stalking victims move as a result of their victimization.

 

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-WA-AX-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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