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In 2014, there were 284,345 sexual assaults in the U.S.

This estimate includes victimization both reported and not reported to police. The online data analysis tool at https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nvat allows for breaking the total number into reported and unreported victimization under the “Custom Tables” option.

Using that tool, the disaggregation is as follows:

Victimization Type 2014
Rape/Sexual Assault 284,345
Yes, reported to police 95,420*
No, did not report to police 182,391*

*Detail may not sum to total due to rounding and/or missing data.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Victim Justice Statistics. “NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT)”: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nvat >custom tables > personal victimization > victimization type. NB: The NCVS is a household-based survey. Active military personnel or veterans living off-base in households are included in the survey. However, the survey is not administered on military bases.

Rape definition:
Rape is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs. “Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of Rape,” Jan. 6, 2012: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/attorney-general-eric-holder-announces-revisions-uniform-crime-report-s-definition-rape and the FBI’s “Frequently Asked Questions about the Change in the UCR Definition of Rape,” Dec. 11, 2014: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/recent-program-updates/new-rape-definition-frequently-asked-questions.

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