Fight For Rape Victims
Far too many young women have suffered the humiliation of being raped. The statistics are absolutely staggering. 1 in every 6 women, and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. College-age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted. In 2007 alone, there were 248,300 victims of sexual assault. Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. 60% are never reported to the police, however reporting has increased by 1/3 since 1993. Approximately 73% of all rape victims personally KNOW their assailants, however, only 6% of them ever spend a day in jail. This is unacceptable.
Emily McAsey, State Representative for Illinois' 85th district is working in Illinois' house of representatives to make sure that it is near impossible for a rapist to go free. McAsey, a former prosecutor, wants to make sure law enforcement has the legal tools needed to catch and track sex offenders. She fought to require electronic monitoring of child predators and to protect rape victims and make it easier to catch their attackers by forcing police to submit rape kit evidence to the crime lab within ten days for testing. It's time that Representative McAsey gets the backup she needs, not only in Illinois, but on a national level as well.
Another commonly forgotten aspect with rape is the offender. While they may be proven guilty, it does not mean that change is impossible. For those willing, they should be offered that chance. A chance to enter rehabilitation services. If we just lock them up and throw away the key, all we're doing is setting them up for failure upon their release. Locking up an animal does nothing to correct their actions. It only makes them angry and more likely to act out when given the chance. Why do we think this would be any different in humans? Without true corrective action, a majority of these men and women will end up back in prison, however, if we implement a program to help them eradicate their problem, we can make some real progress.
This is all great news for rape victims in Illinois, but I don't think JUST Illinois is enough. Let's make a difference! We need to bring this issue to the United States Senate, House Of Representatives, and the President of the United States! With your help, change CAN be made!
*Statistics courtesy of http://www.rainn.org/statistics
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