Sexual Violence Among Teens


Tiffany Redden, writer

TW: This article talks about sexual assault and sexual assault statistics


Sexual violence affects millions of people. Statistically, 42% of women and 19% of men have been pressured for sex. Sexual violence can take many forms.  Any unwanted or coerced sexual contact is sexual violence.  

1 out of 16 women report their first time as being rape, and 56% of women report being verbally pressured into their first time. It is always okay to say no, but it is never okay to ignore someone else when they say no. Even when in a committed relationship it is perfectly okay to say no, and you shouldn’t have to explain yourself. says “Teens may not report sexual assault for a multitude of reasons such as emotional pain, shame, fear of not being believed, fear of being blamed, fear of punishment or reprisal, feeling partly responsible, limits to confidentiality, fear that nothing will be done or cultural or religious beliefs”.  If you report sexual assault there is a possibility of getting physical forensic evidence.  If you report the assault and there is an investigation, you have the option to only participate as much as you can handle.  

According to, Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault, and feelings of shame, isolation, shock, confusion, and guilt.  People who were victims of rape or sexual assault are at an increased risk for developing depression, PTSD, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and anxiety. Sexual violence is not something to take lightly. It is something that has long-term effects on millions.


National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673