Volume 23, Issue 4 (October 1978)
Rape in the United States
Although a great percentage of the population in the United States is unaware of the full extent of the crime of rape, police authorities know the crime is definitely increasing. In the four-year period ending in 1976, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  reported a 21% increase (Fig. 1). In the last reported year, 1976, there was an estimated total of 56 730 forcible rapes. This was a 1% increase over 1975. Stated more succinctly, in 1976, of every 100 000 females in this country, 52 were rape victims; one rape was occurring every 9 min. In 1974, the rate was one rape every 10 min and in 1972, it was one every 11 min.