The Beginning of the End: A Call for the Protection of Rape Survivors
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The Beginning of the End: A Call for the Protection of Rape Survivors

    1. Petition by

      Mariana Barkhordar

      Santa Ana, CA

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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    • Leesha Arason SANTA ANA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      In support of my beautiful neighbor.

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    • Tricia Christman MONROE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been sexually assaulted and suffer from Bipolar Disorder and PTSD myself. I wish the police in Michigan would have done more for me.

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    • Michelle Hebert ONTARIO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      People who are raped have their free-will, trust, and sometimes innocence stolen from them which can be a devastating assault on their mental well being for years afterwards. It doesn't make sense why this is not already in action. Of course survivors deserve protection, people need to help people when they have been hurt.

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    • Julia Chan GARDENA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      to help defend all those that have been silenced by this horrible and utterly repulsive crime. this crime isn't being handled with the utmost importance as it should be. the after effects felt by the victim are scarring and will never leave. it hurts me that such a horrendous crime isn't being taken seriously enough. this is for all those that are too scared to speak up. know that you have an ally in me.

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    • Bernadette Barcello NORWALK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      to support those i know that have been sexually assulted

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