facts about rape and sexual assault that will shock you but educate you

Man, I made this article sound like a click-bait with that title. If it worked, good. Because everyone should learn some facts about rape, sexual abuse and assault in this day and age. It is very much still a problem all over the world, in different countries. Rape doesn’t just affect one kind of person. Rape can happen to anyone of any gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality. A rapist can also be anyone of any gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality.

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Admittedly I’ve become a lot more aware of rape and statistics of it in recent years, due to reading articles online and hearing more stories on the news of people coming out with stories of how known celebrities have assaulted them when they were younger and it’s only finally been safe for them to talk about it publicly.

Statistics are important when discussing these topics as it helps people see the bigger picture. A lot of people online can be blinded by the ignorance of ‘rape/sexual assault’ is a ‘feminist problem’ that ‘women can use to get attention and make up lies about men they don’t like and ruin their lives’. There is so much wrong with that statement, yet it’s something you can hear on Facebook or Reddit or any other social media. Rape and sexual assault is a problem for everyone and even if it was a feminist problem, that is inclusive of everyone. Feminism is the movement for equality for all genders. Plus how is reporting a rape ruining someones life? They committed the crime and must deal with the consequences. Who cares if they were a straight A student or a celebrity or an idol to loads of people. If this person raped someone and abused them, they are a rapist and they’ve ruined their own life as well as the victims and most likely the victim’s family and their own family. Nobody wants to hear that their son or daughter has assaulted someone.

So here are my facts and statistics I have found involving rape and sexual assault:

  1. “Based on aggregated data from the ‘Crime Survey for England and Wales’ in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, on average, 2.5 per cent of females and 0.4 per cent of males said that they had been a victim of a sexual offence (including attempts) in the previous 12 months. This represents around 473,000 adults being victims of sexual offences (around 404,000 females and 72,000 males) on average per year” – The 2013 overview of sexual offending in the UK. Provided by the Ministry of Justice.
  2. “The number of rapes recorded by the police in England and Wales has risen by 31% in the past year to 24,043 – the highest level for at least 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics.” – A January 2015 article on England and Wales rape statistics.
  3. “Where ethnicity is known, 23% of Rape Crisis services users were black or minority ethnic” – Statistics page of Rape Crisis Organisation Website
  4. About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12″ – Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine website. This data is according to U.S Department of Justice 1997
  5. “2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape” – RAINN Website. Breakdown of victims page.
  6. “52% of rapists are white.” – RAINN Website. Statistics page on Offenders.
  7. “Approximately 4/5 rapes are committed by someone whom the victim knows” – RAINN Website. Statistics page on Offenders.
  8. “If a person is in a relationship with someone or has had sex with them before, this does not mean that they cannot be sexually assaulted or raped by that person. Consent must be given and received every time two people engage in sexual contact.” – Rape Crisis Organisation website on Myths vs Realities.
  9. “No-one asks or deserves to be raped or sexually assaulted; 100% of the responsibility lies with the perpetrator.” – Rape Crisis Organisation website on Myths vs Realities.

So there are 9 interesting facts about rape and sexual assault that are very important to know about to help stop reinforcing stereotypes about rapists or victims. It can also help you open your eyes and put yourself in the victims shoes if you are ever confronted with a report or story of rape/sexual assault. Rape is never the victim’s fault, and most of the time when victims come out a few more years after the actual incident it is mainly down to this toxic atmosphere we give off as a society. We are very victim blaming and promote rapists as victims if they are white, have a good reputation or a beloved celebrity. We need to take responsibility as a society and help victims of abuse, rape or assault to prevent future incidents. Rape can affect anyone.

To donate to Rape Crisis England and Wales, a beautiful organisation dedicated to providing Rape Crisis centres and helping victims of sexual violence and helping us step towards the elimination of sexual violence, you can text RCEW11 £5 or £10 to 70070 for a quick donation. Other ways of donating are listed on their page here!

Thank you for reading I hope this has helped inform people and educate!

Lenah x x

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