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Local Statistics about Sexual Assault

Local Statistics

Please note: These statistics were collected by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Please be cautioned against drawing conclusions by making direct comparisons between cities. Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading observation affecting communities and their residents.


  • 1 out of 7 women, or nearly 635,000 women in Ohio, has been a survivor of forcible rape sometime in her lifetime.1
  • Rape is the most underreported crime.
  • Ohio is in a region of the nation that has a higher-than-average rape prevalence.1
  • 30% of rape victims experienced major depression at some time in their lives, (about 90,000 victims in Ohio) and 10% of women never victimized by violent crime.1
  • Women between the ages of 20-44 had the highest levels of risk for having ever been raped (over 15 percent), whereas women ages 65 and older had the lowest levels of risk (less than 5 percent).1
  • Out of Ohio’s population of 11,485,910, there were a total of 4,419 reported forcible rape cases in 2008.6 (This includes only females over 12 years old.)

Cuyahoga County:

  • Of the 565,000 women living in Cuyahoga County, over 80,000 have been raped.1
  • In 2007, there were 516 reported rapes, accounting for 39 percent of all reported crimes in Cuyahoga County.2
  • Approximately 600 sexual assault cases were seen at reporting hospitals in Cuyahoga County.3
  • An estimated 11 percent of the population of Cuyahoga County (or 149,274 people) have been raped some time in their lives and are in need of healing services. 4
  • Additionally, 1,600 sexual assault referrals were received by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services in 2008. 8


  • 1,366 sexual assault and child endangerment cases were reported to Cleveland Police.3
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center receives about 3,000 calls per year on its 24-hour crisis hotline.5
  • Out of Cleveland’s population of 433,452, there were 423 reported cases of forcible rape in 2008.6 (This includes only females over 12 years old.)
  • Even though the Ohio rate of rape decreased in 2008, the rate of rapes in Cleveland increased by 14.8 percent. 7
  • 60 percent of sexual assaults are unreported. This indicates that the number of rapes that occurred in Cleveland in 2008 was possibly as high as 3,165. 8


  1. One in Seven. Rape in Ohio – A Report to the State. National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Dean G. Kilpatrick. May 2003.\
  2. Cuyahoga Crime Statistics Ohio. 2007.
  3. Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team. 2009.
  4. United Way of Greater Cleveland. Core Services Report. 2007.
  5. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
  6. Crime in the United States. 2008.
  7. Special Commission on Missing Persons & Sex Crime Investigations. City of Cleveland Ohio, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, VOYRS. 2010.