Facts and Figures

· An average of seven (7) women were raped daily in the Philippines in 2002, the same average recorded in 2001 (www.nscb.gov.ph).
· There were 3,913 rape cases from January to September 2003 according to the latest statistics from the Center for Women’s Resources (www.state.gov)
· Of the 478 rape cases filed in court, 40% happened in the survivor’s residence; 29% took place in far places and vacant lots; 12% in school and inside buildings (Women’s Legal Bureau).
· A study conducted by Women’s Legal Bureau found that 71% of rape perpetrators are people known to survivors. 25% of them are neighbors or people whom their parents know; 15% are their fathers or stepfathers; 8% are their friends.
· In the 478 rape cases from 1961-1992 filed in the Supreme Court, the youngest victim was eight (8) months old while the oldest was 67 (Women’s Legal Bureau, 1995).

The Rest of the World
· Around the world, at least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way – most often by someone she knows (United Nations Population Fund, September 2000 and summary).
· According to the Pakistan Human Rights Commission, a woman is raped every two hours in Pakistan, and in Punjab, a woman is raped every six hours and gang-raped every four days. (San Francisco Chronicle July, 2002)
· Girls who are raped before the age of 16 are more than three times more likely to experience domestic violence as adults and nearly three times as likely to be raped as adults. (The Lancet, August 11, 2001)
· About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30. (US Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, 2003-2004)
· Every 21 hours there is a rape on a college campus in the U.S. (Campus Outreach Services.) For completed and attempted rapes, nearly 90% of the victims knew the offender, who was usually a classmate, friend, ex-boyfriend or acquaintance. (“The Sexual Victimization of College Women,” National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, January 26, 2001)


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