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Rape Statistics

National studies reveal very high rates of rape. The most recent Department of Justice survey concludes 311,000 victims per year. (This includes male and female, gay and straight.) This figure is believed to be a low estimate. The National Victim Center concludes 683,000 per year. The FBI has concluded that 1 in 3 women will be raped during their lifetime. 91% of those raped are female; 9% of those raped are male; 99% of those committing rape are male.

 

  • Around the world at least I women in 3 has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family. (John Hopkins School of Public Health 2000)
  • An estimated 91% of victims of rape are female, 9% are male and 99% of offenders are male. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 1999)
  • 77% of rapes are committed by someone known to the person raped. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 1997)
  • According to the National Crime Victimization Survey there were an estimated 248,000 rapes and sexual assaults against victims over the age of 12 in the US in 2001. (US Department of Justice)
  • According to the National Victim Center, 683,000 women are raped each year. (1992)
  • Only 2% of rapists are convicted and imprisoned. (US Senate Judiciary Committee 1993)
  • Women of all ethnicities are raped: American Indian/Alaska Native women are most likely to report a rape and Asian/Pacific Islander the least likely. (National Institute of Justice 1998)
  • Reported rape victimization by race is: 34% of American Indian/Alaska Native; 24% women of mixed race; 19% of African American women; 18% of white women; 8% of Asian/Pacific Islander women. (Tjaden and Thoennes, National Institute of Justice 1998)
  • 80-90% of rapes against women (except for American Indian women) are committed by someone of the same racial background as the victim. (US Dept. of Justice 1994)
  • American Indian victims of rape reported the offender as either white or black in 90% of reports. (Department of Justice 1997)
  • In a 1999 longitudinal study of 3,000 women, researchers found women who had been victimized before were seven times more likely to be raped again. (Acierno, Resnick, Kilpatrick, Saunders and Best, Jnl. of Anxiety Disorders 13, 6.)
  • 93% of women and 86% of men who were raped and/or physically assaulted since the age of 18 were assaulted by a male. (National Violence Against Women Survey, 1998)
  • Among female rape victims, 61% are under age 18. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1995)
  • 22% of females raped are under the age of 12 years; 32% are 12-17 years old; 29% 18-24 years old; 17% over 25 years old. 83% of those raped are under the age of 25 years old. (National Institute of Justice 1998)
  • In a study of 6,000 students at 32 colleges in the US, 1 in 4 women had been the victims of rape or attempted rape. (Warshaw 1994)
  • 13% of college women indicated they had been forced to have sex in a dating situation. (Johnson and Sigler, Jnl. of Interpersonal Violence, 2000)
  • In a study of 6,000 students at 32 colleges in the US, 42% of rape victims told no-one and only 5% reported it to the police. (Warshaw 1994)
  • 1 in 12 male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. (Warshaw, Robin 1994 "I Never Called It Rape")
  • In a survey of college males who committed rape, 84% said what they did was definitely not rape. (Warshaw, Robin 1994 "I Never Called It Rape")
  • A study of 477 male students, mostly 1st and 2nd year students, found 56% reported instances of non-assaultive coercion to obtain sex. Examples included: threatening to end a relationship; falsely professing love; telling lies to render her more sexually receptive. (Boeringer 1996, Violence Against Women:5)
  • Women with disabilities are raped and abused at twice the rate of the general population. (Sobsey 1994)
  • Of the 22 substances used in drug facilitated rape, alcohol is the most common finding in investigations. (Jnl. of Forensic Sciences 1999)
  • According to the First National Survey of Transgender Violence, 13.7% of 402 persons reported being a victim of rape or attempted rape. (Gender PAC 1997)
  • A 1991 study of college gay, lesbian and bisexual students found that 18% had been victims of rape and 12% victims of attempted rape. (Jnl. Of College Student Development)
  • 15% of men who lived with a man as a couple reported being raped/assaulted or stalked by a male cohabitant. (1999 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • 6 out of 10 rapes are reported by victims to have occurred in their own home or home of a friend, relative or neighbor. (US Dept. of Justice 1997)
  • Sexual assault is reported by 33-46% of women who are being physically assaulted by their husbands. (AMA 1995)

    • Every hour, 16 women confront rapists
    • A woman is raped every 6 minutes
    • Every 18 seconds, a woman is beaten
    • Since 1974, the rate of assaults against young women (ages 20 to 24) has jumped over 50 percent
    • Three out of four women will be the victims of at least one violent crime during their lifetimes
    • Only 50 percent of all rapes are ever reported and of those reported, less than 40 percent will result in arrests
    • One out of every seven women currently attending college has been raped
    • Young women between 16 and 19 years old are most likely to be raped

    Special thanks to redman who did the research for this story. I thought the information was good enough to post it as a story as well to get the information to more women on EP.

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  • BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M 73 Responses Apr 2, 2008

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    I guess the best solution to deal with rape is that which Muslims apply to rapists, once it's passed as a law and carried out on some number of those criminals, it could be the end of such crime growth.

    Yeah, as long as you can get four of the men who stood by watching to testify in court that she was really raped and not just a *****, right? Sharia will straighten all of this out, you betcha.

    I think many of us feel the same way Exotoxin.

    These statistics just sadden/sicken me. Where have people gone so horribly wrong? I must confess that crimes like these make my blood boil. I've never even been in a fight yet when I hear a story about a rape, or just general violence against women; I want to beat the perp into the ground.

    Male-on-male violence is three times as common as male-on-female violence, yet most people are blase about this because, well, boys will be boys. Domestic-violence studies indicate that women give about as good as they get, although this is OF COURSE hotly disputed by people with a dog in the fight. When Lionel Ritchie was beaten so badly by his wife that he had to be hospitalized, people in the media, such as Arsenio Hall, made fun of him for losing a fight to a woman. And the women I talked to said, in essence, that he deserved it because he was two-timing his wife. We have a double standard on this issue, and we should guard against giving in to political correctness when dealing with it. Violence is violence. And as far as men being responsible for most of the rape, that statistic does not take into account one of the forms of child abuse that's just beginning to come out of the closet: female sexual abuse of children. It happens. Just because it's still in the closet does not mean that it is not happening. I am not defending rape, but partial truth masquerading as the whole truth is a problem for all of us.

    That might be a pretty good deterrent. Or at least a punishment that fits the crime. Just sayin.<br />
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    Years ago my dad worked in Saudi Arabia. At one of the markets there were tables of gold jewellery and items manned by young children. No one stole from them. The reason why? If you are caught stealing there, they chop your hand off. Nuff said.

    Yeah, that's what we need here. To hell with the US Constitution's "no cruel and unusual punishments"; what we need is sharia law now. That'll straighten this country out. Everybody knows Americans have too much freedom anyway, right?

    If I had my way they would live with the guilt in jail after castration. But that's just me.

    I believe in "what comes around goes around Sabrina. <br />
    Sorry you went through such an experience. <br />
    I hope they have to live with the guilt for the rest of their lives.

    Thank you for posting this. I am in those numbers. I was in college when I was a victim of date rape/gang rape. It was at a party. I came too the next day not knowing who had done what to me. I will probably NEVER know what happened. I went to the hospital, I was treated. I was tested, I took the morning after pill.<br />
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    I would like to think that the people who did this regret it, have somehow payed for it.<br />
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    But I doubt it.

    How awful for you. However titillating the erotic fantasies may be of forced sex, nonconsent/reluctance, rape, and gang rape may be, the real thing sounds like a form of hell, a living nightmare from which one can never completely recover. My most profound sympathies for your ordeal. It was not your fault.

    Its awful how something so beautiful can also be so ugly.

    Yep, and these statistics don't even touch another group of women that could technically consider certain situations as rape. I'm talking about women that are married, have boy friends, and lovers/live-ins that are denied their request of 'NO', and the man proceeds to fulfill sexual moment. Unless there is physical violence included, married or "attatched" women are not recognized as being raped if their partner enforces sexual engagement even after her refusal to 'want it'. HOw much higher might these statistics REALLY be??

    I'm pretty sure the stats include marital rape, a crime in many places: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marital_rape

    These are some very grim and sad statistics Blue.

    Thanks for reading. Very good comment, and your right, it is a crime.<br />
    I doubt that the people who joined the groups you mentioned would really like that experience at all.

    I do understand why many go unreported.

    If people would understand what happens after you report a rape, then you would know why so many go unreported. OMG!

    Yes it is.

    Thats really sad.

    Just be careful ladies.

    You never get over it..... it is always there - lurking like the black dog.

    Wonderful and an important information. Thanks

    Of all crimes committed against a person, rape is the one that leaves a person feeling the most violated. A rape victim is often left with the feeling that that a part of them has been torn apart. Because the feeling is still with them, the victim may have a sense that the crime is continuously occurring. To use another person's body and ignore the soul the resides within is the most egregious crime that one person can commit against another.<br />
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    Source: Poems about Rape http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/sad/rape-poems.asp#ixzz0mpei99uP<br />
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    "An estimated 91% of victims of rape are female, 9% are male and 99% of offenders are male. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 1999)"<br />
    <br />
    WHY DOES THE STATS here... and some other STATS<br />
    NOT STATE THE FACT<br />
    the PRIMARY TERRORIST COMMITTING RAPE CRIME<br />
    THE PRIMARY PREDATORS <br />
    ARE IN FACT hetero male CRIME WORSHIPING <br />
    in their HEINOUS hetero male PREDATORY CRIMES ON <br />
    ESPECIALLY WOMEN's LIVES!!!<br />
    <br />
    the MAIN PREDATORS are hetero male!<br />
    NOT "male" as in OH CELIBANT... are some males.<br />
    NOT "male" as in OH YEAH the GAY GUYS!! are also male.<br />
    <br />
    THE MAIN PREDATORS ARE hetero male PREDATORS!!!<br />
    VILE VULGAR STENCH COMMITTING HEINOUS CRIMES!!!<br />
    AND THEY DO TARGET MOST OFTEN FEMALE LIVES!!<br />
    <br />
    THAT FACT SHOULD ALSO BE IN THE STATS!<br />
    ALONG WITH THESE:<br />
    <br />
    SHOULD POINT OUT THE FACTS THOROUGHLY!!!<br />
    SUCH AS HOW OFTEN THE FEMALE VICTIMS:<br />
    ARE TARGETED BY VILE PROSECUTORS so many CHEATS on their SPOUSE,<br />
    ARE TARGETED BY VILE STENCH excuse for OFFICERS out there,<br />
    ARE TARGETED BY CHURCHY HYPE OF CHRISTIANS;<br />
    IN THEIR SLOGANS OF NO ACTION AGAINST RAPE CRIME!!!<br />
    IN THEIR CONTINUED SALUTE OF hetero male CRIME WORSHIP!!!<br />
    I am talking of USA and AM SURE so WERE YOU ...<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    END THE WAR ON WOMEN!!!<br />
    END THE TERRORISM TORTURE BY RAPE CRIMES ON Our PEOPLE!<br />
    STOP THE hetero male CRIME WORSHIPING!!!<br />
    <br />
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    HOORAY FOR A NEW ERA!<br />
    ONE WITH NEVER TOLERATING hetero male CRIME WORSHIPING!<br />
    NEVER TOLERATING hetero male PREDATORS!!! NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    <br />
    SUCH A PROFOUND NEW ERA OF GOOD WILL SOLELY TO ALL FEMALE LIFE!<br />
    ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    AND FOR THIS HONOR... WE WILL HAVE A WALL OF SHAME to hetero CRIME WORSHIP!<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    A WALL OF IMMENSE VAST SHAME!<br />
    THAT CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF WOMEN<br />
    THAT DEDICATES HONOR TO THE VICTIMIZED FEMALE LIVES<br />
    WHO ENDURED WHAT TREACHERY FROM hetero male CRIME WORSHIPING!<br />
    IN ALL OF ETERNITY IT WILL STAND A STATEMENT OF INTEGRITY!!!<br />
    AND REMIND ALL THE CIVILIZATION<br />
    WHY <br />
    WE WILL NEVER TOLERATE hetero male PREDATORS!<br />
    WE WILL NEVER TOLERATE hetero male CRIME WORSHIP!!!<br />
    WE WILL NEVER TOLERATE IN ANY CAPACITY HATE SPEECH OF FEMALES<br />
    such as the HEINOUS Christians HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO COMMIT TO DOING<br />
    AS IF FEMALE LIVES ARE SOME LESSER CITIZENS IN ANY CAPACITY!!!<br />
    <br />
    NEVER AGAIN TOLERATED FEMALE LIVES EXPLOITED!!!<br />
    NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    <br />
    ONLY EQUALITY TO WOMEN!<br />
    SOLELY ENTIRELY GOOD WILL TO WOMEN!!<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    IT IS NOT ENOUGH <br />
    to post here/there a FEW STATISTICS<br />
    or to say some words... <br />
    IT DOES NOT SUFFICE TO END THE WAR ON WOMEN!!!<br />
    <br />
    DEMANDING THE END OF THE WAR ON WOMEN!!<br />
    ALONE DOES THIS HONOR!!!<br />
    SECURING THE END OF WAR ON WOMEN!!!<br />
    IS THE ONLY ACTIVITY OF LIVES OF INTEGRITY!!!<br />
    <br />
    THUS... A NEW ERA SWIFTLY EMERGES!!!<br />
    NO MORE VILE CRIME UPON SO MUCH AS ONE FEMALE LIFE!!!<br />
    <br />
    I LOVE IT!!!<br />
    I ADORE THAT FACT!!!<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    INTEGRITY REIGNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    FINALLY ... NOT hetero male CRIME WORSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br />
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will see what I can find out. : )

    The Statistics are good, seem to be a little out datted, think you could do an update on the new statistics please?

    very interesting, thanks

    Your welcome. Beware ladies..

    Thank you for sharing these statistics.

    Thank you for the time and effort to educate those out there that have not a clue how evil this world can be.. I am a rape survivor..

    FREE RAPE VICTIM SUPPORT GROUP HOTLINE: <br />
    1-800-227-8922

    The aviator says he is a watcher. I don't know if he participates or not.

    I'm not convinced of that. You may be right but I would need a little more information then you have given here raymond.

    OUCH!!!!! That's goinna hurt.<br />
    Not enough but it is goinna hurt.

    in fact, I have already designed a special ***** for the event; outfitted with a special endo-testicle extractor! you insert the ***** into the urethra and snake it.

    it's just the truth Blue. it is a ****** up job, but someone needs to do it.

    when i was in highschool... a few years ago. we had a conference on womens issues. (in high school!!!) they basically made 1 in 3 stand up, so that we could see the numbers. horrifying and sad that it has not gotten any better.

    lmao Brute that's why I love you.... lol

    how about some good old fashoined "turn about is fair play"<br />
    I would volunteer for that one; I would love to rape a rapist and I wouldn't even bl<x>ink, except when I was rolling my eyes back in ecstacy.

    A bullet might be what they deserve but I think that might me a little extreme. I am not against castration however.

    I refuse to accept that a bullet to the head is the answer. No. Murder is never an acceptable action.

    I have always wondered what good a camera is if you can't see the picture clear enough to tell who it is.

    Shocking stats, Blue, yet not really surprising. Here in Ottawa we had a case of rape and violent beating here at a local university last fall.<br />
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    The police have not found the perpetrator, and it amazes me that there are not more cameras that could have caught this guy on film installed in buildings everywhere. <br />
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    In this case, there were some security images recorded, but they were too grainy to be of any real use...

    *blush*

    Thanks windyspirit........ Hugsssssssssss

    Windy you and Freedom are both wonderful. : )

    Ok thanks..... everyone needs to click on the REC story so it will get up on the list for ppl to read

    it is open to everyone redman.

    Yes Blue and I Want this out to everyone... I dont know if it was put up some other place that all could read....<br />
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    Blue is this open to all or just adults.......

    LOL very true, Blue! <br />
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    In scouting I know that it is a requirement for the parents to have a discussion with their sons every year about personal safety, sexual predators, etc. There is a guide in each handbook that helps the parent know what is age-appropriate to discuss at that time with the boy, so they don't give TMI... lol Of course, when you have a loudmouth older sister you're going to learn things a lot earlier as a young boy!! (my daughter was discussing details of her ummm...recently developed womanly functions in front of both boys the other day... I couldn't get her to stop! LOL)<br />
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    Hopefully by educating this generation properly we can greatly reduce the occurrences of rape in the future.

    I don't think a 5 year old could comprehend the joys of sex. lol

    Kids are funny at that age, true. :) I love them all though. <br />
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    My little brother is 5, actually, and just the other week was running around the house naked before his bath- and proudly announced "Look! My penis is bouncing up and down! See!"<br />
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    I just wanted to make sure there were no misunderstandings- some people have decided we must be teaching the kids how to have sex or something. Definitely not the case at all.

    I understand this freedom. : )<br />
    I was just having some funny thoughts run through my mind. lol. Kids that age are very funny. There thought processes at that age are many time very funny to me.<br />
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    I think you are doing a wonderful thing.

    At age 5, we talk about families, feelings, and label bodies so that the kids know the correct names- then we teach them No! Go! Tell! <br />
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    Having had kids who were abused in the past take this class, I really do think it is important that they know their bodies are there own and to explain the difference between loving touch and secret touch- secret touch is never okay. No! Go! Tell!<br />
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    We have them think about who they could tell as well, and try to name 3 different people. <br />
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    We certainly aren't teaching them about sexual intercourse, and we make sure not to leave them terrified that every adult wants to hurt them.

    A lot of funny visuals come to mind when I think of the looks you would get from a 5 year old while trying to explain such things. lol <br />
    I think this is a little young to start them nut who am I to have a say in such a thing.<br />
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    Thanks for the comments. : )

    Terrifying statistics, but all too true. Being part of the one in three myself, I am all too aware of this. And nope, I didn't report it or tell anyone. <br />
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    In the hopes of trying to change this, I have become a sexuality education instructor for the Our Whole Lives program. I am certified to teach grades K-1 and 4-6. Yes, the program really does start with 5 year olds.

    Tragic yes , but this needs to be known

    Such a tragic topic

    I know you do cos you are definitely one of the good guys and they seem few and far between.<br />
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    Its just nice to see a man caring about what happens to us and looking out for us.

    This one hit a little too close to home for me honey... <br />
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    I want to point out to these younger girls in relationships that rape is not always the violent, hold-her-down experience depicted on TV. My ex-husband frequently used manipulation and coersion, and at times all-out sleep deprivation as ways to force me into having sex with him. <br />
    I spent many years being treated like nothing more than a common ***** before I wised up and left.<br />
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    It is about the feeling of control they get...it really has very little to do with the act of sex itself. Be careful out there ladies... please!

    TY New Day. I really do care about you guys.

    Wow thats some amazing , scary and saddening statistics, also very good to know really,<br />
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    Well done Redman and Blue. Really awesome of you both to want women to have this information and for them to be safe. Its refreshing to have such men around.

    To me a threat of violence towards a woman is just as serious as a physical experience. If you really feel you are in danger, use the he hit me report.

    That's a good idea Blue. I'll remember that if there is a next time, thanks :).

    You should have told them he hit you. He would be in jail before the sun set.

    Yeah I agree about how they are underreported. One time an ex of mine threatened my life. Me and my girlfriend tried to make a report so in case anything should happen at least someone would know, but the police told me the only way they could do that is if they talked to him first. So, it went unreported and he was also my next door neighbor.

    I agree littleroo. That is a huge part of the problem.<br />
    Thanks for the comment

    scary stats. I knew most of them. It's scary and part of the reason rapes are so underreported is the way the courts handle the cases, the re victimize the victim.

    I just try to let people know things when I think they might help. : ) I would hate to have not posted this and someone get hurt because they didn't know.

    LightHouse Thank you for this comment.

    While reading this I found myself thinking back to a time that I would have looked at this in shock and maybe a little disbelief thinking surely not and it'll never happen to me. BUT IT DID and after you have lived through a rape you know that it's a very real possibility for many others out there and that is a hard thing to take. Knowing that so many others, possibly your friends or family members will be where you are now, a rape survivor. Thanks for researching and posting it Blue and redman.

    Very glad to hear that Windy

    Thanks Blue... I hope more read the info....

    I do the same thing TenderHeart. : )

    I'm sorry sometimes I read through too fast. Thanks to both of you :).

    Pretty amazing statistics huh?

    Windy stay off that trail. : )<br />
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    Tenderheart, redman did all the work... I just posted. : )

    Wow those are some scary statistics, thank you for sharing :).