Sexual assault and sexual abuse can be disastrous for mental and physical health. Survivors have an increased risk of depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders.
People may encounter sexual abuse in a variety of situations—with a stranger at a party, at your place of work, with a long-term romantic partner. Regardless of the situation, one thing is always true: it is never ever the victim’s fault.
Salvatio map shows the assault distribution around the world. Each spot on this map shows an unpleasant experience that happened to someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone’s wife, someone’s neighbor.
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The data is collected through the anonymous survey which can be found on the first page in different languages.
Sexual violence is widespread and systemic worldwide. There are no countries where people live free from its threat, and no gender or group of people are exempt from its destructive effects.
According to the most recent EU-wide prevalence survey, the 2014 Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) survey on violence against women, one in ten women in the EU (11%) has experienced some form of sexual violence from the age of 15. One in 20 women in the EU (5%) has been raped post-age 15. The FRA assesses that this corresponds to over 9 million women in the EU who have been raped since they were 15 years old.
The 2014 FRA survey provides some useful data on reporting of sexual violence incidents to the police in EU Member States, with the lowest rate of reporting recorded in Denmark and Finland (7%) and the highest (27%) in Cyprus, the EU average being 14%.
The survey found that survivors reported the most serious incident of intimate partner sexual violence to the police in 15% of cases and the most serious incident of non-partner sexual violence in 14% of cases. Approximately one-quarter of survivors indicated that shame or embarrassment were the reasons for not reporting the most serious incidents of sexual violence to the police or any other organization.
Prevalence of sexual violence against women from age 15, EU (2014)
- 1 in 3 experienced physical and/or sexual violence
- 1 in 10 (11%) experienced sexual violence
- 1 in 20 (5%) was raped
- Approx. 9 million women between 18 and 74 have been raped
- 6% experienced an attempted rape
- There have been more than 1 perpetrator for almost 1 in 10