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.
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