Awareness is one of the many preventive measures that can assist us in making better decisions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness by sharing the facts and statistics on sexual assaults.
There are different aspects of sexual assaults and they are as following:
- Sexual assault by strangers and by acquaintances
- Sexual abuse of children
- Human trafficking
- Sexual assaults in prisons
- Sexual assaults by multiple attackers or gang rape
Men, Women and children are all affected by sexual assaults
- Every 2 min. a person is sexually assaulted and every 8 min. that victim is a child. And meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.
- 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are victims of an attempted or completed rape in her/his lifetime.
- Majority of sexual assault victims are under 35.
- Child protective services agencies substantiated strong evidence to indicate that 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.
Campus sexual assaults are getting to be a big problem
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
- More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.
- Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
Factors Contributing to Sexual Assault
According to an article by U.S. justice department, most offenders rape to satisfy their need for power and control, and they used various forced sexual acts to do so. In other words, the sexual act is the means, rather than motive for sexual assault.
Understanding the factors that contribute to the problem might help us analyze key intervention points and determine effective measures. The sexual assault analysis triangle may help frame the important factors contributing to the problem. Rather than being determined by a single factor sexual assault may result when (1) a motivated offender and (2) a vulnerable victim cross paths in (3) a location without capable guardians.
We can reduce sexual assaults by addressing one side of the triangle. Since its not in our hands to cure psychological issues of the offenders, we should try to address victims side of the triangle. We could address that by (1) Reducing vulnerability (2) Increasing the level of resistance and (3) increasing the willingness to report crime to the police….all these points can be addressed by victim if she/he travels in groups and/or by using personal protection devices like Holor that could help with all the 3 issues at the click of one single button.
Note: All the statistics used in this article are gathered from articles and publications from different government agencies NSVRC, RAINN,BJS, The US department of Justice.