Check out interesting sex statistics and other related sexual health information including teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, STDs, erectile dysfunction, number of sex partners, sexual satisfaction, kids and sex, sex addiction, and cheating.

SEXUAL ABUSE – Women, Men, Children

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). -National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.
  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.- National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.
  • 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003. – U.S. Department of Justice. 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2003.
  • About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.
  • In 2003, 1 in every ten rape victims were male.U.S. Department of Justice. 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2003.
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rapeNational Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.
  • 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12 – U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders. 1997.
  • 7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused. – 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls. 1998.

Effects of Rape

According to World Health Organization. 2002 the victims of sexual assault are:

  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
  • 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

“Myths and Facts” Current Research on Managing Sex Offenders April 2008

(reprinted from New York State Division of Criminal Justic Services – references here)

Myth: Most sexual offenses are committed by strangers.

Fact: Most sexual offenses are committed by family members or acquaintances.

Myth: Only males commit sex offenses.

Fact: Although most offenders are male, females commit sex offenses too.

Myth: Children who are sexually assaulted will grow up to sexually assault others.

Fact: A significant percentage of sex offenders were indeed abused as children, although certainly not the majority.

Myth: Adolescents do not commit sex offenses.

Fact: Adolescents represent a fair number of sex offenders.

Myth: Child molesters spontaneously attack when they see a vulnerable potential victim.

Fact: Many child molesters and pedophiles spend years positioning themselves into a place of authority and trust within the community, and can spend a long time “grooming” one child.

Myth: The majority of sex crimes are reported.

Fact: Most sex crimes are not reported and, therefore, are not prosecuted.

Myth: Treatment for sex offenders does not work.

Fact: The evidence is mixed; some studies show treatment has little or no impact, but other studies indicate that treatment can decrease future sexual crimes.

Myth: Electronic monitoring devices, such as GPS will protect us from sex offenders since we will know where they are at all times.

Fact: Electronic monitoring can be useful, but has both positive and negative aspects.

Myth: Residency restrictions make communities safer.

Fact: Residency restrictions are fairly recent, and it is unclear if they make communities safer or not.

Myth: Community notification and sex offender registries make communities safer

Fact: Registries help identify where sex offenders live in order for the public to protect their families.

Myth: All sex offenders are likely to commit another sex crime.

Fact: While any type of sexual recidivism is unacceptable, sexual recidivism rates vary by offender type and are lower than other types of crime.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

  • At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women will have a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. HPV, or human papilloma virus, comes in both low- and high-risk forms; low-risk HPV can cause genital warts, and high-risk can cause cervical and other cancers. In 90 percent of cases, the body’s immune system will fight off the disease within two years. – Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • At the end of 2009, an estimated 1,148,200 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including 207,600 (18.1%) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed – HIV surveillance data—United States and 6 U.S. dependent areas—2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(No. 3, part A).

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

  • Approximately 5 percent of 40-year-old men experience erectile dysfunction.Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Erectile dysfunction affects almost all men at one time or another in their lives. It affects as many as 30 million American men, including 30 to 50 percent of men between the ages of 40 and 70. – Johns Hopkins Medicine

NUMBER OF SEX PARTNERS

  • According to a survey of adults aged 20 to 59, women have an average of four sex partners during their lifetime; men have an average of seven. Source: National Center for Health Statistics

SEXUAL SATISFACTION

  • 75 percent of men always reach orgasm during sexSource: National Health and Social Life Survey
  • 29 percent of women reach orgasm during sexSource: National Health and Social Life Survey

SEX ADDICTION

  • The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health conservatively estimate that 3%-5% of the U.S. population suffers from sexual compulsion disorders.
  • 25 million Americans visit cyber-sex sites between 1-10 hours per week. Another 4.7 million in excess of 11 hours per week. (MSNBC/Stanford/Duquesne Study, Washington Times, 1/26/2000)
  • Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet – Exposing Porn: Science, Religion, and the New Addiction, Paul Strand. Christian Broadcasting Network, 2004
  • 25% of all search engine requests are pornography related – Internet Pornography Statistics: 2003, David C. Bissette, Psy.D. www.healthymind.com, 2004
  • Sex is the number 1 topic searched on the Internet – Overdosing on Porn, Rebecca Hagelin. www.worldandi.com, March, 2004
  • 15% of online porn habitués develop sexual behavior that disrupts their lives – The Porn Factor, Pamela Paul. www.time.com. 19 January, 2004
  • 47% of families said pornography is a problem in their home – Focus on the Family Poll, 1 October, 2003
  • 42% of surveyed adults indicated that their partner’s use of pornography made them feel insecure – Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1
  • 41% of surveyed adults admitted they felt less attractive due to their partner’s pornography use – Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1
  • 30% of surveyed adults said their partner’s use of pornography made them feel more like a sexual object – Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1

CHEATING

  • It is estimated that roughly 30 to 60% of all married individuals (in the United States) will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage – Buss, D. M., & Shackelford, T. K. (1997). Susceptibility to infidelity in the first year of marriage. Journal of Research in Personality, 31, 193-221.
  • Infidelity is becoming more common among people under 30. Many experts believe this increase in cheating is due to greater opportunity (time spent away from a spouse) and young people developing the habit of having multiple sexual partners before they get married – Wall Street Journal, Young and Restless
  • 30%-60% of all married individuals in the U.S. will cheat during some part of their marriage. Buss, D. M., & Shackelford, T. K. (1997). Susceptibility to infidelity in the first year of marriage. Journal of Research in Personality, 31, 193-221.
  • If you’re married under 30, you are more likely to cheat. – Wall Street Journal, Young and Restless

KIDS AND SEX

  • The average male loses his virginity at age 16.9- Source: Kinsey Institute; California State University
  • Females lose their virginity at an average age of 17.4.- Source: Kinsey Institute; California State University
  • 47.4% of U.S. high school students surveyed in 2011 had ever had sexual intercourse – CDC. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4)
  • 33.7% U.S. high school students surveyed in 2011 had had sexual intercourse during the previous 3 months – CDC. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4)
  • 39.8% of US high school students who were sexually active in the past 3 months did not use a condom the last time they had sex – CDC. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4)
  • 76.7% of US high school students who were sexually active in the past 3 months did not use birth control pills or Depo-Provera to prevent pregnancy the last time they had sex – CDC. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4)
  • 15.3% of US high school students who were sexually active in the past 3 months had had sex with four or more people during their life – CDC. Youth risk behavior surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4)

TEEN PREGNANCY

“Teen Pregnancy Statistics and Teen Pregnancy Facts,” FamilyFirstAid. (Online)

  • About 820,000 teenagers get pregnant each year
  • About 34 percent of teenagers having at least one pregnancy before they turn 20
  • 79 percent of teens who get pregnant are not married
  • 80 percent of teen pregnancies are not intended.
  • Around 25 percent of teenage mothers have a second child within two years of giving birth to their first baby.
  • Sadly only one-third of teenage mothers complete high school and graduate
  • 80 percent of unmarried teen mothers end up on welfare