One of the most powerful weapons against sexual assault is knowledge and awareness of the facts. Regularly when discussing sexual assault people will either use rape myths (as previously described) or misquote/misapply statistics. So this post is designed to elucidate some findings about sexual assault taken from various Victorian/National based surveys into prevalence rates and most effected demographics.
This fact sheet was compiled by Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) and is one of the most comprehensive summaries on Australian sexual assault statistics we have found. You can find all the referenced studies, reports and data easily online.
When reading the statistics keep in mind that they are based on metropolitan samples and that rural communities are not always included in surveys. Also important to note that as sexual assault is still a highly stigmatised topic and that sexual assault is routinely underreported.