Lift the Veil: Prevent, Intercede, and Respond to Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Abuse

Lift the Veil: Prevent, Intercede, and Respond to Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Abuse

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Why this petition matters

Started by Ishael Madrigal

TW: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse

Sexual assault, harassment, and abuse are prevalent societal issues that affect people of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic status, and a multitude of other factors.

90% of adult rape victims are female. Globally, an estimated 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced intimate relationship violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at some point in their lives. In 2019, over 652,676 women were raped, and if data from non-rape sexual assaults would be included, the figure would be closer to the one million mark. Unfortunately, the figure has been growing at an annual pace of 2.9% for the previous decade and shows no signs of slowing. Women who have experienced violence have greater rates of depression, anxiety disorders, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV than women who have not, as well as many other health issues that can persist even after the violence has ceased.

Contrary to popular beliefs, males are also high-risk victims of sexual violence. Sexual assault, harassment, and abuse are not limited to females. In fact, at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether in childhood or as adults, and it has little to do with either the abuser’s or the victim’s sexual orientation. Male rape statistics show that most perpetrators of male sexual assault are men, and they mainly do it to assert dominance and power. Despite this, girls and women can most definitely be perpetrators of sexual violence against men, and such incidents should not be overlooked.

Worst of all, members of LGBTQIA+ are more than twice as likely to be victims of rape than straight women or men. Sexual abuse statistics show that 46% of bisexual women reported being a victim of sexual assault in 2019, compared to 17% of straight women. Furthermore, sexual assault on college campuses statistics shows an interesting correlation, which reveals that bisexual men face similar issues, with 47% of them being victims of sexual violence, compared to 21% of heterosexual men.

Despite a number of progressive measures, sexual assault statistics show that many cases are still not adequately handled or acknowledged, which is why we continue to call for the people to take part in making this world a much better and safer place for everyone. We aim to lift the veil that hides the untold truth and stories that victims of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse had hidden for so long and create a voice loud enough for the government and the country itself to heed the cries of the victims and take necessary actions to prevent, intercede, and respond to sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.

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