Sexual assault against women continues to represent the fastest growing crime in America, with nearly one in six females reporting rape or attempted rape at some point during her lifetime. What's most striking is that, despite the horrendous physical and emotional traumas suffered by victims, usually under the age of 30, 54 percent of assaults are not reported to the police, while the vast majority of rapists (97 percent) will never see the inside of a jail cell.
The data was compiled by Notre Dame College Online in a new infographic aiming to raise awareness of the importance of protection strategies used to deter attacks by rapists and muggers.
Women are advised to make use of the entire arsenal of self-defense tactics and useful hardware to stay safe and escape a potential assault -- from precaution and intuition to boxing, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves, as well as stun guns, mace sprays and noise alarm devices.
Here's the complete look at what Notre Dame College Online's infographic reveals: