How the CDC defines and classifies sexual violence

Content note: explicit descriptions of sexual violence, including rape.

The Asexual Community Survey has asked questions related to sexual violence since 2015. In the 2018 survey, we expanded these questions in order to more closely match those in the 2010 Summary Report on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) produced by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the CDC’s definitions of sexual violence are publicly available in the NISVS report, few lay people would sift through over a hundred pages in order to find them. The lack of easily accessible information concerns us, because it deprives some victims of tools they need to understand their own experiences. The goal of this article is to explain the CDC categories and their use in the 2018 Asexual Community Survey.

Disclaimer: Some readers may be surprised by how their personal experiences are classified by the CDC. We will not tell anyone that they are wrong to classify their personal experiences in any particular way, and readers are free to view the CDC’s definitions as imperfect, incomplete, or incorrect. Even if readers agree with the definitions, they may find some other description of their personal experiences to be more salient.

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Summary Findings from the 2016 Ace Community Census and a 2015 Executive Summary

We are excited to share with you the summary results from the 2016 Ace Community Survey and an Executive Summary from the  2015 census.

2016 Report

2015 Executive Summary

We were a little behind schedule, but have been catching up with additional volunteers. There are additional data analysis and blog posts that we hope to get to to dig deeper. If you a researcher you can also request the data itself.

Also, many thanks to everyone who took the survey! We couldn’t have done it without you.

And this is a reminder to take the 2018 Ace Community Census here! (Deadline extended for another week)

We need your help: Volunteer for the Survey Team

We are no longer accepting more volunteers. Thank you all!


The Ace Community Survey Team is currently looking for new volunteers, particularly people with programming or writing skills, as we try to work on our backlog of data and get out more analysis to the public.

The Survey Team is responsible for designing and releasing the Ace Community Survey each year.  The Asexual Community Survey is one of the biggest data sources of quantitative data about asexual-spectrum people, which also means there is a lot of work to be done analyzing it.

The major roles that we currently need volunteers for are:

  • Basic analysis of survey data
    • We use Python for most analysis, but even people without experience in Python can learn how to use it.
  • Exploratory analysis of survey data
    • We need curious people who can analyze data, and produce results that are of interest to the ace community.
  • Improving code infrastructure
    • We’d like to further streamline our data analysis by writing more user-friendly code.
  • Reading and interpreting text responses
    • In many places, survey respondents have the option to write text responses to questions, and these responses need to be interpreted!  No programming ability is necessary, but you must be familiar with ace concepts and terminology.
  • Writing reports
    • Even when the analysis is done, we still need to summarize the results.
  • Translation of reports into other languages
    • In order to make our reports more accessible to speakers of other languages, we’d like to translate them.  This is especially helpful for languages spoken by people with low English fluency.

If you’re unclear on the details, don’t worry, as we do training to help people understand the ins and outs of the survey.

Time commitments are flexible depending on your availability at any given part of the year, but we recommend setting aside at least 4-5 hours a month to do work on your own time, plus an hour for monthly team meetings.

If you’re interested, please fill out this form by the end of November, and allow 1-2 weeks for a response.  (If you fill out the form at a later date, the response may be slower.)  If you’d like more information, you may contact us at asexualcensus@gmail.com.


The 2018 Survey is still open for responses!  To ensure that you have a chance to respond to it before it closes, we advise that you take it before November 15th.

The 2018 Ace Community Survey is now open!

The 2018 survey is now closed!  Thanks to all who participated!


It’s that time of year again – we are now recruiting participants for the Ace Community Survey!

The Ace Community Survey, run by the Ace Community Survey Team, collects valuable information on the demographics and experiences of members in the ace community, including asexual, demisexual, gray-asexual, and related identities. It is the largest survey of ace communities and creates a valuable pool of data for future ace community activists and researchers.

The survey is open to anyone: ace, non-ace, or still questioning; as long as you are 13 years of age or older we want to hear from you! We want to get a wide variety of responses from as many parts of the community as possible, so we encourage you to share this link with any other potentially interested individuals you know or any ace communities you participate in.

Click here to take the 2018 Ace Community Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/0iOOOCbD5OX0pT3S2

You will be able to view any published results from the survey at asexualcensus.wordpress.com. The 2016 report will be coming out on Saturday October 27th. If you would like to automatic email update when new results or announcements are posted, you can subscribe here.

For answers to common questions about the survey, please see the FAQ here.

Japanese translation of the 2015 Summary Report

2015年度Aセクシャル調査概要報告書の日本語訳ができました。本調査に関するご意見、ご質問などがございましたら、asexualcensus@gmail.com(担当:Baba)へお気軽にお問い合わせください。

2015年度Aセクシャル調査概要報告書(日本語)をダウンロード

This is an announcement of our Japanese translation of our summary report on the 2015 Ace Community Census.  If you want to see the report in its original English, go here.

Infographics from our 2016 survey

We’re happy to release a peek into the 2016 data! We’ve put together two visualizations based on the 2016 Ace Community Survey. Check them out!

The text of the 2016 survey can be found here.

Update on 6/28/2018: The infographics now have creative commons licenses.  The “Experiences with sex” now excludes non-ace respondents.

Interactive visualizations from our 2016 survey

You can now play with the data! We’ve put together some interactive visualizations from the 2016 Ace Community Survey. You can explore respondents’ experiences with relationships and sexual violence with the ability to filter by age, gender, transness, and ace identity.

The text of the 2016 survey can be found here.