Rape is a form of murder. We need to start taking this seriously and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. This is SO MUCH BIGGER than the Stanford/Brock Turner case. This is about an epidemic that bleeds into all cultures, genders and walks of life on this planet.
Consider these statistics:
* 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
* Between 20% and 25% of women will experience attempted or completed rape during their college career.
* 80% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 30.
* 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 18.
* 30% of the college women who said they had been raped contemplated suicide after the incident.
* 43% of the sexual victimization incidents involve alcohol consumption by victims and 69% involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrators.
* Only about 2% of all sexual assault accusations reported to police turn out to be false. This is the same rate of false reporting as other types of violent crimes.
* Every year in the U.S. there are over 293,000 victims of sexual assault.
* Four out of five assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
* 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker, and of those 34.2% of attackers were family members.
* Only 11% of college women who experience rape report it to the police.
Speak up. Turn people in. Turn yourself in. Support victim friends. We need ZERO TOLERANCE. It is time for a change!
Need help? Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. Or go online at online.rainn.org to chat one-on-one with a specialist, any time 24/7.
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