This is a song and music video depicting rape and sexual assault in different women's lives including a transgender woman and two college students at a party.
Who are targets of rape?
Everyone! Men, women and children (of all ages) can all be victims of rape, but Native American women are targeted the most. American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted or raped while in college. The majority of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely to be victims of rape than the general population. 90% of adult rape victims are women and 82% of juvenile victims are female.
Sexual violence is all too present everywhere we look. An estimated 80,600 inmates each year experience sexual violence while in prison or jail. 60% of all sexual violence against inmates is perpetrated by jail or prison staff. Even members of the military aren't safe from sexual violence. 18,900 active military members experienced unwanted sexual contact.
What are the long term effects of rape?
There are many different effects that rape can have on people just depending on how they decide to cope with the pain. Some turn to drugs and alcohol. Many survivors suffer from mental illnesses following the attack. of women who are raped experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms during the two weeks following the rape. 33% of women contimplated suicide and and 13% of women will attempt suicide after being raped. Some seek help and counseling. Besides the mental effects there are threats to the physical health of the victims. STDs and pregnancy are common amount rape victims because many rapists don't always use condoms. the number of children conceived from rape each year in the United States might range from 7,750—12,500. Many survivors face social problems after experiencing sexual violence because they tend to shut people out. Those violated by someone they know, especially a partner, are more likely to do this and those victimized by a family member or friend become extremely withdrawn for obvious reasons. 84% of survivors who were victimized by an intimate partner, and 79% of those attacked by a family member, experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
When did we start blaming the victim?
"What were you wearing?" "How much did you have to drink?" "Were you using drugs at the time?" "Why were you out so late?" - these are all questions people ask the victims but the real question is what does that matter? The only thing that matters is that she is alive, that she survived, and that she is strong enough to be sharing her experience with you. Rape is one of the most unreported crime. Only 344 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported.
Why don't survivors report the crime?
There are many many many reasons people don't report sexual assault. Many victims are afraid of reporting because the perpetrator threatened to hurt them or their family. Others fear judgment and the negative stigma attached to sexual assault and rape. 20% feared retaliation. 13% believed the police would not do anything to help. 13% believed it was a personal matter. 8% reported to a different official. 8% believed it was not important enough to report. 7% did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble. 2% believed the police could not do anything to help
Support groups for sexual violence survivors.
If you or someone you has experienced or is experiencing sexual violence please contact one of the following support groups;