Sexual Violence Prevention

Sexual violence is a verbal and/or physical act that breaks a person's trust and safety and is sexual in nature. Behaviors range from sexual harassment to unwanted fondling to forced penetration. All are done without consent. Sexual assault is defined in Wisconsin Statute 940.225 (Sexual Assault); 940.32 (Stalking); 948.02 -948.11 Sexual Assault of a Child; 940.302 Human trafficking.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, go to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault website ( to find the sexual assault agency nearest you.

Data in Wisconsin

  • From 2006 to 2010, about 4,960 sexual assaults were reported annually to law enforcement.
  • 90% of victims know the person who assaults them.
  • Two-thirds of the victims of reported assaults are  less than 15 years of age.
  • Over four-fifths of victims are female.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 7 (14%) Wisconsin women are raped during their lives (Kilpatrick, D.G, Ruggiero, K.J., 2003).

Nationally, only 39% of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement (Shannan M. Catalano, 2005). In Wisconsin, that would mean an estimated annual incidence of sexual assault of 12,672, the population of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.



Contact Information

Kate Gillespie
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Last Revised: November 30, 2017