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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Indicator 5.2.1: Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age

Estimated number of rapes in US

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Actual indicator available Estimated Number of Rape - Revised and Legacy Definitions Reported to the FBI UCR Program.
Actual indicator available - description This table contains estimated volume numbers based on both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's legacy and revised definitions of rape. The data do not include other forms of violence other than rape. The data include all rapes reported to the FBI UCR Program and are not limited to intimate partner. In 2013, the FBI UCR Program initiated the collection of rape data under a revised definition and removed the term “forcible” from the offense name. Column heading Year - is the year the data represents. Column Heading Revised Rape Definitions are the estimates of data collected under the revised rape definition: 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. (This includes the offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object as converted from data submitted via the National Incident-Based Reporting System [NIBRS].) Column Heading Legacy Rape Definition are the estimates of data collected under the legacy rape definition: The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will Indicator data on sexual assault is available in the NIBRS; however, NIBRS currently represents less than 30% of the nation's population and nonresponse cannot be modeled to adjust for bias because statistical sampling methodologies were not used.
Date of national source publication September 2017
Method of computation NA
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source
U.S. method of computation Agencies submit data based on only one of these definitions. Within each population group size, the proportion of female rape victims was calculated from all NIBRS reports of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object. For agencies that reported using the revised definition, the actual number of reported rapes was decreased by the calculated proportion to arrive at an estimate for the number of rapes using the legacy definition. Conversely, for agencies that reported using the legacy definition, the actual number of reported rapes was increased by the inverse of the proportion to arrive at an estimate for the number of rapes using the revised definition.
Comments and limitations The data do not include other forms of violence other than rape. The data include all rapes reported to the FBI UCR Program and are not limited to intimate partner. In 2013, the Summary UCR definition of rape was changed to “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.” The new definition updated the 80-year-old historical definition of rape which was “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Effectively, the revised definition expands rape to include both male and female victims and offenders, and reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape, especially nonconsenting acts of sodomy, and sexual assaults with objects. https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/resource-pages/rape-addendum
Date metadata updated November 2017
Disaggregation geography National
Unit of measurement Estimated Volume Number
Disaggregation categories NA
International and national references https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016
Time period Annual
Scheduled update by SDG team

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Indicator name Proportion of ever-partnered women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by form of violence and by age
Target name Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
Global indicator description Estimated volume number of reported rape for the revised and legacy definitions.
UN designated tier 2
UN custodial agency UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNODC (Partnering Agencies: UNSD, UNDP)
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Organisation FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
Agency Staff Name FBI
Agency Survey Dataset FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
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