Rapes & attempted rapes reported from 1982 to 2014
8,562 rapes and 835 attempted rapes reported (2014)
California law enforcement agencies report to the California Department of Justice data on rape and attempted rape (excluding statutory rape and incest). In 2013, the Federal Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR) expanded the definition of rape, and the California Department of Justice implemented this change in 2014. These pages present an in-depth analysis of over 250,000 rapes and 50,000 attempted rapes reported between 1982 and 2014 throughout the state.
How have California's rates of rape and attempted rape changed over time?
Both the number of rapes and attempted rapes have declined noticeably over the last two decades. There was an increase in 2014, but this is likely due to a change in the UCR definition of what constitutes rape.
The number of rapes reached a peak of 10,125 in 1992 and since then has declined to a low of 6,665 in 2013. With the new UCR definition in place, in 2014 the number of reported rapes increased to 8,562, and attempted rapes to 835.
California's Reported Rape and Attempted Rape, 1982-2014
How do California's rape rates compare to rape rates in other states and nationwide?
Starting in the 1990s, California's rape rate dropped below the national rate. In 2014, among the country's largest states, California's rape rate (21.6) was below those of Florida's (30.6) and Texas' (also 30.6) but higher than New York (19.8).