Prevalence Rates of Low Income Survivors
Facts about poverty in the United States
15.3% of women between the ages of 18 and 64 are in poverty.
Among women 18 to 44, 29.4% of bisexual women and 22.7% of lesbians are in poverty, rates higher than their heterosexual counterparts (21.1%).
20.5% of gay men and 25.9% of bisexual men fell at or below the federal poverty line than heterosexual men (15.3%).
22% to 64% of transgender people reported earning less than $25,000 a year.
People with a household income under $7,500 are twice as likely as the general population to be survivors of sexual assault.
Women living in poverty are at much greater risk of sexual violence.
Sexual violence can jeopardize a person’s economic well-being and can lead to homelessness, unemployment, interrupted education, and mental and physical health issues.
32% of homeless youth reported having been sexually assaulted, 15% after living on the streets (Greco & Dawgert, 2007)
61% of homeless girls and 16% of homeless boys reported having been sexually abused before leaving home (Greco & Dawgert, 2007)
32% of women, 27% of men, and 38% of transgender people who are homeless or marginally housed reported either physical or sexual victimization in the previous year. Sexual assault was reported by 11.9% of transgender people, 9.4% of women, and 1.4% of men (Greco & Dawgert, 2007)
The Cost of Surviving Rape
Rape is the most costly of all crimes to its victims, with total estimated costs at $127 billion a year -- which does not count child abuse -- in the U.S.
One study found that Texas survivors could pay between $15,000 to $50,000 in medical services, lost work productivity, and mental health care.
Another study found that the personal cost of a sexual assault in Michigan is $108,447
The average amount of student loan debt is approximately $30,000.
Medical care after a sexual assault is an average of $2,000.
50% of survivors lost their jobs or were forced to quit in the year following their assault.
Violence and abuse constitutes up to 37.5% of total U.S. health care costs.
One study found, 15% of women rape survivors GPA fell below 2.5, compared to 6% of those who were not raped; 8% of survivors raped in high school reported that their first college semester GPA fell below a 2.5, compared to 3% of those who were not raped in high school.
Campus survivors experience a range of education-related financial burdens as a result of sexual violence including decline in academic performance which can lead to financial aid and scholarship loss, academic probation, taking time off and dropping out, and long-term impact on employment and graduate school opportunities.