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Facts About Sexual Assault in Memphis and Shelby County

For the period January 1 through December 31, 2012

  • Agency services were provided to 615 females and 61 males  
  • Four hundred and forty-six evidence kits were collected for use by law enforcement 
  • The majority of forensic examination services were provided to victims between the ages of 13 and 29 
  • Thirty-two women over the age of 50 were seen following a report of rape 
  • Alcohol remains the number one date rape drug in sexual assaults in Memphis and Shelby County
  • An alarming number of young, female victims are drinking themselves to incapacitation, increasing their risk for exploitation by sexual predators 
  • Nearly half of all rape victims seen at the center were transported by car to another location where they were assaulted; many having accepted rides from complete strangers.   
  • 85% of reported rapes were commited by someone known to the victim
  • 17% of sexual assaults committed statewide occurred in Memphis
  • Eleven hundred victims engaged in follow up advocacy and counseling activities 
 


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