Rape and Sexual Assault

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Utah's Sexual Violence Prevention Plan, 2010-2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Rape is the only violent crime in Utah that occurs at a higher rate than the rest of the nation. One in three Utah women will experience some type of sexual assault in their lifetime and one in eight will be raped. In 2008, Utah’s reported rape rate was 63.7 per 100,000 females compared to the U.S. rate of 57.4 per 100,000 females. However, the majority of rapes (88.2%) are never reported to law enforcement, indicating that sexual violence in Utah is grossly underestimated. (Sources: Utah Department of Health and 2007 Rape in Utah Survey)

What is Rape and Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or attention resulting from force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, or violence. Sexual violence can take many forms, including rape or attempted rape, domestic and dating violence, and child sexual abuse.

Sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, class, race, occupation, religion, sexual orientation, or physical appearance.

Sexual violence is a crime of power and control. It has nothing to do sex or with how someone dresses or acts. No one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.


  • In 2006, one in eight women (12.4%) and one in 50 men (2%) reported they had experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. (2006 Utah BRFSS)
  • One in three Utah women will experience some form of sexual violence during their lives (2007 Rape in Utah Survey)
  • In 2009, 8.2% of female high school students and 5.8% of male high school students in Utah reported they were physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to. (2009 YRBS)
  • Utah's rate of rape has been significantly higher than the U.S. rate since 2000. (Utah Department of Health, 2007 Rape in Utah Survey)
  • In 2008, Utah’s reported rape rate was 63.7 per 100,000 females compared to the U.S. rate of 57.4 per 100,000 females. (Utah Department of Health)
  • The majority of rapes (88.2%) are not reported to law enforcement. (2007 Rape in Utah Survey)
  • Carbon, Uintah, Salt Lake, Tooele, Grand, and Weber counties had higher reported rates of rape than the state rate from 2002-2008. (Utah Department of Health)
  • 78.7% of females who had been sexually assaulted reported that their first sexual assault occurred before their 18th birthday. (2007 Rape in Utah Survey)
  • Only 12.7% of sexual assault victims visit a doctor or medical center for an exam after the incident. Reasons for not seeking medical attention include because they were not injured, were too young to ask for help, were afraid someone would find out what happened, and not thinking clearly. (Utah Department of Health)
  • Rape victims report a higher prevalence of major depression and dissatisfaction with life compared to non-victims. (2006 Utah BRFSS)
  • Sexual assaults are rarely committed by strangers. Only 13.3% of victims report being victimized by a stranger. Most often, the assault is committed by a family member (30.9%), intimate partner such as a spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend (20.8%), friend (14.3%), neighbor (9.9%), babysitter (2.2%), or coworker (1.8%). (2007 Rape in Utah Survey)
  • Between 80 and 93% of the victims knew their attackers. (2005 Rape in Utah Survey)