A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) indicates the first increase in reported rapes since 1992. According to the FBI, an estimated 90,186 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2000, showing a 0.9% increase from 199. In cities, there was a 1.5% increase in rape. Women are much more likely to be victims of rape than men. 62.7 of every 100,000 women reported to law enforcement that they were victims of rape.
Previously, the number of rapes in the U.S. had been steadily decreasing. Since 1991, as shown by the FBI report, incidents of rape by volume have decreased 15.4%. Rape, however, often goes unreported. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), in 1999, only 28% of all rapes were ever reported to law enforcement. The number of unreported rapes is even higher among children in grades five through twelve. 48% of boys and 29% of girls in those grades told no one about their abuse.
Media Resources: U.S. Department of Justice, FBI Press Release, 10/22/01; Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
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