#SAAM: Perpetrators of Sexual Violence Often Have Criminal Histories
Perpetrators of rape are often serial criminals.
Out of every 1,000 suspected rape perpetrators referred to prosecutors:7
370 have at least one prior felony conviction, including 100 who have 5 or more
520 will be released—either because they posted bail or for other reasons—while awaiting trial
70 of the released perpetrators will be arrested for committing another crime before their case is decided
When convicted, perpetrators are spending more time in prison.
In 2013, there were 161,000 state inmates incarcerated as punishment for sexual violence crimes—that’s about 12% of all state inmates.9
These inmates are staying in prison longer: the median time served for sexual violence convicts has increased 10 months since 2002 (from 38 to 48 months served).9
Perpetrators Use Different Forms of Violence to Commit Sexual Assault
In 11% of rape and sexual assault incidents, the perpetrator used a weapon.6
Personal weapons—such as hands, feet or teeth—are used against victims of sexual violence in about 2 out of 3 cases.9
90% of rapes and sexual assaults are perpetrated by one offender. 10% are perpetrated by two or more.6