10 March 2015
Sexual Assault; More Awareness, Less Cases
Sexual abuse is a pressing issue all over the world and has been for years. Sexual assault can happen anywhere; the workplace, war, home, on the street. Since the 1960s, movements to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault have been made. The statistics for sexual assault are way too high. In order to change these numbers, awareness needs to be raised and the proper precautions need to be taken.
The odds for a woman to experience sexual assault are one in four. As for men, the odds are one in six chance of experiencing sexual abuse in their life time. Only about 39 percent of sexual assault cases are reported to the police each year, making this crime one of the most underreported. (Get the Facts
One way to raise awareness and inform young women and men of sexual assault and how to prevent it, is by teaching about it in our schools. With the schools teaching about such a taboo topic, they would be able to teach the adolescent youth many different ways of preventing it. They can learn how to react when someone they know becomes a victim, also to prevent them from believing the harmful lies of rape culture. 44 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18. Having knowledge of what can happen and what to do at a young age can keep generations safer through their lives. When men and women are more informed of what they can do to reduce their risks, the rate of sexual assault can be significantly lowered.
Even though a large number of victims are underage, awareness for prevention should be targeted at everyone. 36 percent of victims are over the age of 18. A way to inform people over the age ...
Cited: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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