Sexual Assault in Connecticut

Sexual assault is a general term that includes sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact, child sexual abuse, incest, and rape. Sexual contact becomes assault when a person is unable to or does not consent to an activity. Rape is a crime of aggression, power, and control in which one person forces, coerces, or manipulates another person to have sexual intercourse without their consent. Rape includes vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by any object (including fingers) and also includes forced oral sex.

Facts and Figures

Nearly one in five Connecticut residents (19%) has experienced a sexual assault in their lifetime.


One in four (26%) Connecticut women are sexual assault survivors.


One in eleven women in Connecticut reported being a rape survivor.


14% of Connecticut residents experienced childhood sexual assault. Nearly one in five girls (18%) and one in fourteen boys (7%) had been victims of child sexual abuse.


Only 16% of survey respondents who were victims of forcible penetration reported their rape to police.


60% of victims have told a friend or neighbor about their rape. 32% of victims have never told anyone about being raped.

10% of Connecticut men are sexual assault survivors.


Of the victims who never told anyone about being raped, 24% remained silent because they felt ashamed.


37% of Connecticut residents who do not consider themselves victims of sexual assault said they know someone who is.


69% of Connecticut residents consider sexual violence to be a problem in their community.


70% of Connecticut residents report that their parents never discussed sexual assault with them while growing up.


67% of Connecticut residents had heard or seen information about sexual assault. The most common sources were television, newspapers, and magazines.

Statistics Source

This information comes from a 2000 study by Macro International, Inc. on behalf of CONNSACS (now Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The study was based on 1,652 telephone interviews conducted between September 1999 and February 2000. Individuals interviewed for the study were all Connecticut residents. The data from the survey was weighted and post-stratified to accurately reflect the education, age, and gender of the Connecticut population. It was not necessary to post-stratify the data by race because the racial/ethnic proportions in the raw data set were an accurate reflection of the Connecticut population.