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.
-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.