Contrary to popular belief, sexual based crimes are among the most frequently committed offenses. However, because victims are often unable or unwilling to report such a crime (or not even old enough to realize that a crime was committed against them), it remains one of the most under-reported person to person crimes. All persons may be a victim of a sexual assault: women, men and children.
- In Colorado, 1 in 4 women will experience sexual assault in the course of their lifetime
- One in 17 men in Colorado will experience sexual assault in their lifetime
- 47% of women 18 years and older have experienced sexual violence other than rape.
- Nationally, 67% of sexual assaults (reported to law enforcement agencies) were juveniles (under the age of 18)
- 34% of sexual assaults (reported to law enforcement agencies) were under age 12.