Monday, April 6, 2009

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center chose this month, to make the public aware of this criminal act that results in so many devastated victims. Rape is a serious problem that affects mostly women, but also includes, in a smaller amount, men. Many times sexual assaults end in fatality. This reminds the public of the seriousness of these crimes.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) statistics, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Statistics from RAINN also show that college women are 4 times more likely to be raped compared to other women. The most astonishing statistic from RAINN is that every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted! Unfortunately 60% of all rape victims, don't report the crime to the police. This lets too many rapists keep assaulting more women and men. Statistics reported that only 6% of rapist go to jail for their crime. Rapist are also not held in jail for a long enough time, they get out of jail too soon for their crime, which gets them quickly back out on the streets and raping again.

Unfortunately the reality is that this is a global issue and needs to be dealt with by each nation very seriously in order for women to overcome this horrendous act against them. Society in general should be aware of sexual assault every day of every year and not just in April. This crime is committed so often that society has become numb to it. Victims on the other hand, know what it felt like and never forget this horrible experience.
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