Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape and Sexual Assault

"I learned that this wasn't my fault. I'm slowly re-building my self-esteem and confidence and hope by telling my story it will help someone."

Survivor, from Moab, Utah

Join us for the 5th Annual Sexual Violence Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Conference is to learn new perspectives on our therapeutic, crisis intervention or criminal justice responses.

 

 

This event is open to the public. Professionals working in the sexual violence field or those who are interested in sexual violence issues are invited to attend. This conference will have something for everyone. 

Registration Information can be found at www.ucasa.org/conference

 

NEW Sexual Violence in Utah, 2016 Factsheet

  • In 2016, 9.7% of Utah adults reported that someone had sex or attempted to have sex with them without their consent. A significantly higher prevalence was found among bisexual people; those who identify as lesbian and gay; adults who are unemployed; adults who are divorced or seperated; females; and those who live in low-income households. (1)
  • SV is linked to traumatic childhood experiences. Among Utah adults who have ever experienced SV, 56.4% reported four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) compared to 14.3% of adults who have never experienced SV.
  • SV is linked to several negative health outcomes, including: physical consequences (chronic pain, cervical cancer, or migraines), psychological consequences (shock, anxiety, or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder), social consequences (strained relationships with family, friends, and intimate partners), or health risk behaviors (using harmful substances, unhealthy diet-related behaviors, or delinquency and criminal behavior). (2) Individuals who experienced lifetime SV were statistically more likely to be everyday smokers, binge drink, have poor health, have poor mental health days, have poor physical health days, have difficulty doing errands alone, and have difficulty concentrating or remembering, compared to individuals who have not experienced SV.
  • SV has a large economic cost. In 2011, the direct and indirect costs resulting from SV totaled nearly $5 billion, almost $1,700 per Utah resident. (3)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month media toolkit was created with community-based prevention professionals and organizations engaging in primary prevention in mind. However, primary prevention concerns us all and if you are interested in sharing prevention messaging during the month of April, we encourage you to use this toolkit and add strength to our number of partners joining together on this effort.

 

One in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Rape is the only violent crime in Utah that occurs at a higher rate than the rest of the nation. Studies show that one in eight Utah women will be raped and one in 50 Utah men will be raped in their lifetimes (1). According to Uniform Crime Reports, the rape rate in Utah has been consistently higher than the U.S. rate. In 2014, Utah's reported rape rate was significantly higher than the U.S. rate (67.7 and 51.9 per 100,000 females) (2). However, the majority of rapes (88.2%) are never reported to law enforcement, indicating that sexual violence in Utah is grossly underestimated (2,3).

How much does Sexual Violence cost?

New data revealed that in 2011, the costs of sexual violence totaled nearly $5 billion,
almost $1,700 per Utah resident. The greatest cost was due to the pain, suffering,
and diminished quality of life that victims experienced. The data also revealed dramatic differences in the resources that are allocated after a sexual assault takes place. In 2011, the Utah state government spent more than $92 million on people known to have perpetrated sexual violence while spending only $16.5 million on those who experienced sexual violence. Only $569,000 was spent on efforts to prevent sexual violence. Read the full report...

What is 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.

If you or someone you love is in a violent relationship, call these FREE hotlines open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Utah Domestic Violence Link Line
1-800-897-LINK (5465)
Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1-888-421-1100

Rape Crisis Programs in Utah

References

  1. (1) Utah Department of Health, Office of Public Health Assessment. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
  2. (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). Sexual Violence: Consequences. Accessed 1/25/2018 www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/consequences.html.
  3. (3) Utah Violence and Injury Prevention Program. Costs of Sexual Violence in Utah (2015). Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Department of Health. Accessed 1/28/2018 www.health.utah.gov/vipp/pdf/RapeSexualAssault/costs-sexual-violence-report.pdf.