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The Violence Gender Gap

Characteristics of rapists: Ninety-nine percent are male; 60 percent are white; average age is early 30s; average sentence is ten years; average time served is five years.

Characteristics of rapes: Ninety percent of victims are women; 60 percent of rapes occur at home or the home of a friend; firearms are present in one-sixteenth of the cases; they are used in only 14 percent of rapes; 75 percent of offenders had previous relationship with the victim.