Sexual Assault And Rape

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Sexual assault and rape are becoming alarmingly serious public health and social issues in the United States and there is an overwhelming need to educate the public about this. Merriam-Webster defines sexual assault as: “illegal sexual conduct that usually involves force upon a person without consent or is inflicted upon a person who is incapable of giving consent.” This includes, but is not limited to: attempted rape, inappropriate touching, and verbal assaults, as well as manipulation, coercion, and intimidation. Sexual violence is ubiquitous on college campuses, high schools, as well as in Hollywood, and it can have many long-term effects on the victims. It is important to know the facts in order to be able to take an active role in increasing safety and preventing sexual violence. The most up to date statistics on sexual assault and rape in the United States are genuinely ghastly. Every ninety eight seconds, an American in the U.S. will be sexually assaulted or raped, and the majority of the time, the victim is at their home. With an estimated ninety five percent of rapes and assaults going unreported. What’s worse? Every eight minutes, that victim is a child. Sixty three thousand children will experience sexual violence between the ages of twelve and seventeen per year, and one out of every seven children is under the age of six. That being said, headway is being made. The amount of assaults since 1993 have been cut in half. But even today, only six out of one

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