Sexual assault
Victim advocate groups claim FBI statistics on the incidence of sexual assault in America, including date rape and spousal rape, are greatly understated. Advocates claim less than half of all sexual assaults are reported to authorities and less than 5% of all rapists ever spend a day in jail. Studies have shown that from 2000 to 2005, 59% of rapes were not reported to law enforcement. Nearly half of all rape victims are under 18 years of age, and 80% are under 30. More than two-thirds of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. Estimates of the number of American women raped each year range from 200,000 to 1.3 million, depending on the definition of a rape and the source of the report. Even so, the 24% arrest rate for rape is the same now as it was in the ‘70s. In the police departments of many American cities, completed DNA rape kits sit and wait for testing that can sometimes take years or even decades. There have been several efforts made to catch up on this national testing backlog but more than 400,000 DNA samples are still waiting to be tested.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1257 - Rape Survivor Child Custody Act
S.1071 - Fairness for Victims of Crime Act of 2015

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