Maine Statistics

Maine Statistics
All statistics are taken with permission from www.mecasa.org.

 

Children & Adolescents

  • In a study of girls who were committed and/or detained at Maine’s Long Creek Youth Development Center between December 2001 and September 2002, 20% of the girls reported a history of sexual abuse or rape.1
  • In 2011, 49.5% of assaults reported to Maine’s sexual violence service providers related to child sexual abuse.2
  • According to the Children’s Safety Network and Data Analysis Resource Center, the comprehensive costs of sexual abuse of children in Maine in 2004 were $138,057,000. This estimate takes into consideration future earnings, medical and mental health expenses, and public programs, among other things.3
  • 11.9% of Maine high school students – 13.3% of girls, and 10.4 percent of boys – report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in their lifetime. 13.6% – 18.1% of girls and 9% of boys – report having been forced to have sexual contact in any way in their lifetime.4
  • 19.4% of Maine high school students – 24% of girls and 14.9% of boys – report having been the target of offensive sexual comments at school or on the way to or from school in their lifetime.5
  • In 2011, Maine’s sexual assault crisis and support centers provided 2,159 prevention education K-12 sessions, with over 37,000 student participants.6

1. Salisbury, N. (2002). The girls project: A report to the Children’s Cabinet.
2. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.
3. Children’s Safety Network Economic and Data Analysis Resource Center at Pacific Institute. for Research and Evaluation. (2005). Cost of child abuse and neglect in Maine. Calverton, MD.
4. Maine Centers for Disease Control. (2010). 2009 Maine integrated youth health survey. Retrieved from http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=101987&an=1.
5. Ibid.
6. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.

Adults

  • A recent study found that nearly one in five adult Maine residents reports that they have been the victim of rape or attempted rape during their lifetime; 32.1% of female respondents and 5.3% of male respondents have experienced this devastating crime at some point in their lives.8
  • Roughly 13,000 Maine residents may be the victim of rape or unwanted sexual activity during any 12 month period.9
  • In 2011, 86% of victims/survivors who called Maine’s sexual assault crisis and support line were women; 13.5% were men.10
  • 40.7% of victims/survivors who called Maine’s sexual assault crisis and support line in 2011 did so within one month of experiencing sexual assault.11
  • Portland Maine’s Preble Street Resource Center reports that 44% of women interviewed for their report Women and Homelessness reported being a victim of sexual assault since becoming homeless.12

8. Rubin, Mark. (2011). Maine crime victimization report: Informing public policy for safer communities. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
9. Ibid.
10. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.
11. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.
12. McLaughlin, T.C. (2009). Women and homelessness: Understanding risk factors and strategies for recovery.

Mental Health/Substance Use

  • 48.6% of adult Maine sexual assault survivors report that they have ever been diagnosed as depressed, as opposed to 17.5% individuals who have never been sexually assaulted.13
  • 38.3% of adult Maine sexual assault survivors report that they have ever been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, as opposed to 14.2% of individuals who have never been sexually assaulted.14
  • 28.7% of women sexual assault survivors in Maine report they drank heavily in the past month (compared to 4.4% of individuals who have never been sexually assaulted).15
  • Of Maine youth who experience forced sexual contact OR forced sex, 35-37% consider suicide, as compared with only 9-10% of their peers who have not experienced sexual violence.16

13. Maine Centers for Disease Control (2006). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
14. Ibid.
15. Ibid.
16. Maine Centers for Disease Control. (2009). Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. Retrieved from: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/osa/data/miyhs/

General

  • In 2011, Maine’s sexual assault crisis and support advocates provided over 6,800 hours of service to victims/survivors and their significant others.17
  • In Maine, there were 389 rapes or attempted rapes reported to police in 2010 – and this number only includes forced intercourse between a man and a woman; no other kinds of sexual violence.18
  • In 2011, Maine’s sexual assault support centers served over 1,500 victims/survivors of sexual assault, having over 9,800 contacts with clients.19

17. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.
18. Maine Department of Public Safety. (2011). 2010 Crime in Maine. Augusta. ME.
19. MECASA Center Service Statistics, 2011.

 

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