Reduce adolescent sexual violence by anyone — IVP‑17

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
11.0 percent (2021)

8.7 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

9.7 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 reported that they had been forced to do "sexual things" (e.g., kissing, touching, or having sexual intercourse) they did not want to do 1 or more times in the past 12 months in 2017

Reduce adolescent sexual violence by anyone

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Many adolescents experience sexual violence, like rape or unwanted touching, and it can lead to physical and mental health problems. Promoting positive social norms, teaching skills like empathy and communication, and creating safe environments where youth live, learn, and play are examples of strategies that can help prevent sexual violence.