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Teenage Rape

* 38% of women who have been raped were 14-17 years old
  at the time of the attack
* Nearly all female teenage victims know their attacker
* 56% of teenage girls who are raped are raped by a date
* 30% of teenage girls who are raped are raped by a friend
* 11% of teenage girls who are raped are raped by a boyfriend
* 78% of teenage victims do not tell their parents about the
* 71% of teenage victims tell a friend that they were raped
* 6% of teenage rape victims report the assault to the police
* 75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol
* 3.3 million Americans aged 14-17 are considered problem
* The risk of rape is four times higher for women aged 16-24
   than for any other age group

Rape on College Campuses

Incidence facts:

* One in four college women surveyed are victims of rape or
   attempted rape
* 85% of rapes on campus are acquaintance rapes
* One in six female college students reported having been a
   victim of rape or attempted rape during the preceding year
* 27% of women have experienced a rape or attempted rape
  since age 14
* The majority of reported victims and offenders are college
   age, with the rape victimization highest among 16-19 year

Women's responses to assault facts:

* Only 27% of the women whose sexual assault met the legal
   definition of rape thought of  themselves as rape victims
* 42% of college women who are raped tell no one about their
* 42% of the women who were raped said they had sex again
   with the men who assaulted them
* 42% of raped women said they expect to be raped again

Men's responses to rape facts:

* 84% of college men who committed rape said that what they
   did was definitely not rape
* 55% of the men who raped said they had sex again with
   their victims
* One in fifteen male students reported committing a rape or
   attempting to commit rape during the preceding year
* Nearly one third of college men said they were likely to have
  sex with an unwilling partner if they thought they could get
  away with it

Reporting facts:

* 5% of college women who are raped report the rape to the
* 5% of college women who are raped seek help at a rape
   crisis center

Alcohol facts:

* 90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol
* Alcohol is a factor in 100% of gang rapes

Diseases, pregnancy, etc.:

* Three in 1000 college students are HIV-positive
* Every year, one million teenage girls get pregnant


Rape is defined as sexual penetration without consent where there is force or coercion.


a. The Pennsylvania State University will not tolerate sexual assault or abuse, such as rape (including acquaintance rape) or other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity. These acts degrade the victims, our campus community, and society in general. While the University cannot control all the factors in society that lead to sexual assault and abuse, the University strives to create an environment that is free of acts of violence.

b. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include separation from the University.

c. Sexual assault and abuse is nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual assault and abuse can occur between acquaintances or parties unknown to each other.

Links for More Information on Sexual Assault

Guide for Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual Assault Awareness