Statistics About Pregnancy as a Result of Sexual Abuse, Rape or Incest

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The following content contains statistics about sexual abuse, rape, incest, and pregnancy resulting from such actions. It discusses experiences of sexual violence which may be sensitive or distressing to some readers.

Please proceed with caution and prioritize your well-being while engaging with this information. If you or someone you know is in need of support, please reach out to a trusted individual or helpline.

Sexual violence is a serious and prevalent issue in the United States. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), every 68 seconds a person in America is sexually assaulted. This means that over 230,000 people experience sexual assault each year, though this number is likely higher due to underreporting. 

Some of the most severe forms of sexual violence are rape and incest, which not only leave survivors traumatized but can also result in unintended pregnancies.

In this article, we'll explore the statistics around pregnancy resulting from sexual abuse, rape, or incest.

Scope of Sexual Violence in the United States

It's important to understand the scope of the problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 50% of women experience sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. Additionally, 1 in 3 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. 

Rape in the United States

When we look specifically at rape, the statistics are even more alarming. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced sexual violence in the form of an attempted or completed rape at some point in their lives.

According to data from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 90% of adult rape survivors are female, and there are an estimated 321,500 victims of rape and sexual assault every year in the United States.

Pregnancy from Sexual Violence

Statistics on pregnancies resulting from sexual violence are troubling. A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 5% of rapes result in pregnancy, which translates to approximately 32,000 pregnancies each year in the US. 

This number may be higher or lower depending on the age of the survivor, the severity of the assault, and other factors. It's also important to note that the majority of these pregnancies result in abortion. 

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 32 states and Washington, D.C. allow Medicaid coverage for abortion in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. However, even with this coverage, many survivors still face barriers to accessing safe and legal abortion care.

Emotional and Psychological Trauma

In addition to the physical consequences of pregnancy as a result of sexual violence, survivors also face emotional and psychological trauma.

Pregnancy can be a deeply personal and complex issue; And when it's the result of rape or incest, survivors may experience a range of emotions, including anger, shame, guilt, and fear.

It's essential that survivors have access to comprehensive medical care and counseling to meet their physical and emotional needs.

It is estimated that the lifetime cost of rape to society is $122,461 per victim.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Fortunately, there are resources available for survivors of sexual violence, including hotlines, support groups, and counseling services.

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE), which provides confidential support and resources to survivors 24/7. They also offer an online hotline and chat services for those who prefer to seek help online.

Another resource for survivors is local rape crisis centers, which provide support and care in a survivor-centered and trauma-informed way. They can offer a range of services, including counseling, advocacy, and legal assistance.

Many rape crisis centers also offer medical advocacy, which can be invaluable for survivors who need help navigating the medical system.

Raising Awareness About Sexual Violence

Pregnancy resulting from sexual abuse, rape, or incest is a serious issue in the United States. Survivors of sexual violence deserve access to comprehensive medical care and emotional support.

It's important to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence and to advocate for policies and practices that support survivors. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence, there are resources available to help you navigate the healing process and find support.

At #LC4W, we provide access to medication abortion to people who meet the medical criteria. We also provide access to a free mental health crisis hotline for anyone dealing with issues of sexual assault. 

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