The Beginning of the End: A Call for the Protection of Rape Survivors
Rape has become an ever continuing epidemic on the background of a society that glamorizes sex and sexual deviance through an unlimited supply of pornographic media from easy access sources like the internet, et cetera. Statistics show that 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey -- the country's largest and most reliable crime study -- there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available). (These figures do not include victims 12 years old or younger.) As for reporting rates, 60% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police, according to a statistical average of the past 5 years. Those rapists, of course, never spend a day in prison. Factoring in unreported rapes, only about 6% of rapists ever serve a day in jail. 15 out of 16 rapists walk free.
Survivors of a sexual assault or rape are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide. With lackadaisical police response, offenders are taught they can continue to get away with their crimes. By refusing to take more serious and immediate action, the government falls back on advocating for rape victims, a population that persists at a high percentage as police action lessens. It is time to finally fight for justice for all people and to keep everyone safe from an attack that can provide a lifetime of suffering with little closure.
- California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: California State Governor Jerry Brown.
I am writing to express my deep concern for the prevalence of lackadaisical California police response to reported rapes as well as to urge Governor Jerry Brown to diminish this police inaction by implementing investigation and prosecution procedure uniformly in the state of California that is reflective of the Los Angeles Police Department’s own thorough, competent, and immediate methods.
The Los Angeles Police Department has one of the highest success rates in the state for resolved rape cases thanks to very strict protocol required of police personnel with reported rape cases, a protocol in need of adoption state-wide.
By refusing to take more serious and immediate action, the government's own justice system single-handedly washes away the criminal state of rape and falls back on advocating for rape victims, a population that persists at a high percentage as serious police action dwindles.
It is time to finally fight for justice for all people and to keep everyone safe from an attack that can provide a lifetime of suffering with little closure. It is high time to implement a structure of immediate, thorough, and competent police action in response to reported rapes so that future survivors can have a sense of security and trust in our police force with their cases and be more willing to speak up and put their attackers where they belong.
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