Sexual Awareness: An Issue Society Should Take a Little More Seriously

Topics: Rape, Sexual intercourse, Domestic violence Pages: 4 (1483 words) Published: November 14, 2006
Sexual Awareness, An Issue Society Should Take a Little More Seriously
"Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted." A scary notation, but what is the scarier is that it is actually is a fact. In 2000, there were 261,000 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. Of these 261,000, 114,000 were victims of sexual assault, 55,000 were victims of attempted rape, and 92,000 were victims of completed rape. [2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics.] But actually what is more shocking than those statistics is the fact that "72% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Those rapists, of course, never serve a day in prison." [1999 NCVS] This doesn't mean what these rapists did was okay; it means those rapists continue to go about stalking and finding other individuals to take advantage of. Sexual assault is a big problem in our country. Most victims of sexual assault are women. One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes compared to about three percent of American men. A total of 2.78 million men—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. [Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women 1998.] These statistics are frightening!

Approximately 62% of the female victims knew their attacker, 43% of victims are raped by a friend or acquaintance; 34% by a stranger; 17% by an intimate; and 2% by another relative. [2000 NCVS.] About 7 out of 10 victims of rape/ sexual assault reported that they took some form of self-protective action during the crime. About four out of ten sexual assaults take place at the victim's own home. Two in ten take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative. One in ten take place outside, away from home. About one in 12 take place in a...

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