Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Random Fact(s) Wednesday: Sexual Assault Awareness Week Edition

Hey everyone!  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Week I thought that I would give some (somewhat depressing) facts and statistics.  But do not just let them bring you down; let them inspire you to fight back and end sexual assault for everyone, for good.

-1 out of every 6 American women has or will be assaulted at one point in her life.
-9 out of every 10 victims are female.
-About 3% of American men have been or will be assaulted at some point in their lives.
-15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
-An estimated 54% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
-97% of rapists never see jail time.
-2/3 of assaults are carried out by someone the victim knows.

BUT REMEMBER...
-Sexual assault has fallen by more than 60% in recent years.
-There are so many resources for victims (like the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE), and the numbers are growing every day.
-There are tips to avoid dangerous situations, but it is NEVER YOUR FAULT.  You are NEVER to blame for someone doing wrong to you.
-Organizations like RAINN do a lot of work promoting education, legislative changes and helping victims.
-There are large-scale efforts across the country to change legislation to protect this country and its citizens.
-There IS hope if we keep working for change.

Go make someone smile today, and keep changing the world.  Let's end sexual assault together.

1 comment:

  1. How do they estimate what percentage of sexual assaults go unreported?
    What percentage of rapes occur as the result of getting the victim intoxicated? (e.g. date rape drugs, alcohol, etc.)
    Just curious.
    On an unrelated note, do you have any good book suggestions on the topic of sustainability?

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