Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rapes In Our Country Are Not Covered Enough By Media

It's one of the most horrible crimes that mostly women endure in our country. Some never live to talk about it… Some, don't want to mention it and others pretend that it didn't happen and are in denial but subconsciously bear and suffer from it.

95% Of college women, never inform authorities when they are raped, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice.
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95% Of college women, never inform authorities when they are raped, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice.
Yet, you rarely hear about it in the news. In fact according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, in 2013, 89,000 rapes occurred in our country. These rapes were the ones informed to authorities. But, most of the time, 60% of these crimes is never reported to authorities. The percentage of non reporting is even higher for college women, 95% of those cases are never reported. Plus, the majority of rapes in our country are committed by a friend or acquaintance. This explains the reason for not informing authorities in most cases.

It is a mistake for our society's media, to hide or ignore the U.S. Bureau of Justice's rape problem in our country. Especially when young, college age women, are the ones most raped. The media has not taken enough responsibility regarding this issue in our country, yet they have Americans look into rapes occurring in other countries, such as Arabia.

Talking and sending help abroad won't help our country's young women in general or college aged ones. It won't inform them on the precautions necessary to prevent this horrible crime. Not mentioning rapes in newscasts media, instills a false sense of security to the public. Especially when it comes to our young women and their perception that it mostly happens abroad.

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