Sexual assault and rape

Prepared by: Albionë Sabedini, Beat Sexism Norway

When I grew up to know what sexual assault and rape were, I was terrified. I didn’t get out of my house at night without being afraid of someone coming out from the dark and assaulting me. Since then, I have always researched as much as I could about the laws regarding rape and sexual assault. How to protect me from anything similar happening to me; and the statistics. I found out that there are close to a billion women and girls who experience sexual assault and/or rape over their lifetimes. Those who are raped most are girls and women between the age of 12 and 35.

In America, every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, youngest people are at the highest risk of sexual violence. Those of age 65 and older are 92% less likely that 12-24 year-olds to be a victim of rape or sexual assault, and 83% less likely than 25-49 year olds. And that is not all.

These are some rates you can find on Rainn.org:

  • 1 out of 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).
  • As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million women in America had experienced attempted or completed rape.
  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
  • Girls of ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of attempted or completed rape and sexual assault.
  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are three times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Women of the same age who are not in college are four times more likely.

MEN, BOYS AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Since men who have experienced sexual violence, of any kind, do not get as much attention as they should. Here are some statistics that show that many men also are victims of attempted or completed rape and sexual assault.

  • Male ages 18-24 who are college students are around five times more likely than nonstudents of the same age to experience sexual violence.
  • As of 1998, 2.78 million men in the United States had been victims of attempted or
    completed rape.
  • About 3% of American men (or 1 in 33) have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims is male.

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS ARE AT A HIGHER RISK FOR RAPE AND/OR SEXUAL ASSAULT

Since we are in the topic of rape and sexual assault and talked about both men and women. I think it is time for us to also talk about transgender males and females, and their experience with sexual violence. 21% of TGQN (transgender, genderqueer, nonconforming) college students have been sexually assaulted, compared to 18% of non TGQN females, and 4% of non-TGQN males.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND THE EFFECTS ON THE VICTIMS

Being a victim of a terrifying experience like sexual violence gives the likelihood that the
person suffers from suicidal thoughts and depression. Next, I am gonna show some statistics by Rainn.org:

  • 94% of women who are raped experience PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) during the two weeks following the disturbing event.
  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.
  • 33% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
  • Approximately 70% of sexual violence victims experience moderate to severe distress. A higher percentage for any other violent crime.

People who have been sexually assaulted are also more likely to use drugs than the public in general. They are 3.4 times more likely to use marijuana, six times more likely to use cocaine and ten times more likely to use other major drugs. Rape and sexual assault can also affect the victims’ relationship with their family, friend, and co-workers. Also their day to day life.

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Sources:
Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics
https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-volence

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