Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention Program

Sexual Violence in Maryland

Thousands of Marylanders are affected by sexual violence each year. About one in five (or 466,000) adult women have been forcibly raped. One in six (or 359,000) adult men have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives (NISVS, 2010). 

Sexual violence is connected to other forms of violence. This increases the chances that survivors will be abused again. There are shared risk and protective factors linking many forms of violence. For example, a teen who was abused as a child is at higher risk to commit or experience sexual violence later in life. Multiple forms of violence can be prevented at the same time. You can find more information about sexual violence here. ​