If you think the number of sexual assaults in the US is low, you’re not alone.
A new report published by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that more than a quarter of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.
The number of rapes committed by students in the United States, in fact, is higher than any other country in the world.
A few other statistics from the report are even more disturbing.
In 2017, more than one in four rapes occurred at a college, university or college campus.
In contrast, one in five sexual assaults happened in a car, and one in six occurred at the workplace.
Rape victims, particularly young women, are often left with a history of trauma, which can make them feel uncomfortable, afraid and even ashamed.
In the United Kingdom, the most popular sex offender database, more men are being reported for sexual assault than women.RAPE AND OTHER VIOLENT OFFENSESThe number and severity of rape and other violent crimes against women have risen dramatically over the last decade.
But there’s a clear link between this increase and the rise of social media.
Racism, discrimination and misogyny have increased exponentially in the last two decades, and these have impacted women’s ability to report crimes and make a difference.
In an age where social media is used to broadcast the stories of all the people in our lives, it is imperative that women and girls feel safe and have access to justice.RAPID RESPONSE, BUT NO DETAILSThis report is just the beginning.
The next step will be to make sure that our laws are strengthened and that survivors of sexual violence have access, support and support networks that are inclusive and supportive of them.
In addition to educating women about the crime and the consequences of sexual misconduct, we need to ensure that perpetrators of sexual crimes are held accountable.
And we need a culture that allows people to make mistakes, but that does not allow for the perpetuation of harmful and misogynistic ideas.RUGBY, BOYS, WOMEN and MEN will need to take responsibility to change the culture that is destroying our daughters and sons.
Our next steps will be ensuring that our schools are safe and welcoming, our communities are safe, and our communities and schools are supportive of girls and boys.
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