Perpetrators of Sexual Violence: Statistics

Understanding sexual violence and its effects on our communities means understanding who is perpetrating sexual violence in our communities. Below are some statistics around perpetrators of sexual violence in the state of New Mexico.


Perpetrator Relationship to the Survivor

The majority of perpetrators of sexual violence in New Mexico (87%) are known by their survivor(s) compared to those who reported their perpeatrator as a stranger (13%). 1



Age of Perpetrators

The majority of perpetrators of sexual violence in New Mexico are adults who are 18 years or older (78%), whereas adolescents, between ages 12 and 18 years old, make up less than a quarter of perpetrators (20%).1



Perpetrators of Sexual Violence by Race


 Of sexual assaults that were reported to service providers in New Mexico, nearly a quarter were white (23%), more than half were Hispanic (54%), nearly a sixth were Native American (16%), and less than a tenth were either Black, Asian, or Multiracial (6%). 1



 1SEX CRIMES TRENDS IN NEW MEXICO: An Analysis of Data from The New Mexico Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository 2010-2014
2010-2014 data; published Jan. 2016


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RCCCNM is devoted to presenting the most accruate and up-to-date information around sexual violence in our communities. However, reporting on sexual violence is extrememly challenging due to the nature of sexual violence as well as many other factors. Sources of all our information is cited from various studies and resources that are reliable and data-driven studies. If you have any questions about any of our information or sources, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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