South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Statistics on sexual abuse

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  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15 years.
    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey 2006
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are abused before the age of 18.
    Source: Fergusson, D & Mullen, P (1999)
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44. It is responsible for more of the disease burden than high blood pressure, smoking or obesity.
    Source: Vic Health 2004
  • 39% of women attending fifteen general practices across Melbourne have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of sixteen.
    Source: Mazza et al 1996
  • 30% of women attending general practices across Melbourne have experienced some form of sexual abuse since the age of sixteen.
    Source: Mazza et al 1996
  • 91% of women who had been sexually abused had not told their GP.
    Source: Mazza et al 1996
  • 85% of perpetrators were known to the victim and were father figures, other relatives including brothers, and acquaintances such as neighbours, family friends and authority figures.
    Source: Romans et al 1996

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