DEFINITE CW: RAPE
Sooo… I’ve been really bad about posting things here that aren’t just reblogs. Forgive me, I’m a college student, I started this blog while I was in Ireland on a study abroad thing, midterms are coming up (… eep.), I work… think of all the excuses besides having children and a husband, and they’re probably ones I’ll use. Now that that’s over, moving on.
Alright. We’ve definitely established that I’m a feminist. And if you’re new, or you didn’t get the vibe already… Hi! Friendly neighborhood feminist here. Now, before you run screaming, as no doubt many people will want to do at this point, hear me out. Feminism=egalitarianism for all genders. So for those of you who find yourselves saying “I’m not a feminist, but I believe in equality/egalitarianism/etc.,” hi. You’re a feminist. Whether you accept that label, stigma and all, is none of my business, but can we stop with the “I’m not a feminist, but I believe in everything that feminism stands for” crap? Yes? Good.
Anywho. On to my real topic for this post. Rape (yaaaay! … oh wait, no. booooooooo.).
Rape is a huge issue worldwide, but the statistics I’m going to pull are from the US alone (yada yada, stereotypical American, yada yada, only focus on AMERICAN problems, yada yada rabble rabble rabble yes I know) because they’re the statistics I found and they are pretty representative of the point I want to get across. Also because all these MRAs in America need to sit down, shut up for a second and hear me out. Because I’m about to make their point and feminism’s point all in one post. AND it’s going to make sense (I think).
Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault includes rape (which includes forced vaginal, anal, or oral penetration or drug-facilitated sexual assault), groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner (This definition can be found in multiple places, including the Canadian Department of Justice website, womenshealth.gov, and Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th ed., under “assault”. I found it, and those sources, on Wikipedia. No shame.). This statistic includes men, women, children, genderqueer/gender non-binary/gender fluid people, gay, lesbian, heterosexual, cisgendered… everyone. Every. Two. Minutes. 720 people every single day (on average) are sexually assaulted in the United States. 5,040 people every week. 20,160 every month. 241,920 every. single. year. That is the population of a small country. The population of French Guiana in 2011 was 237,549, to put it in perspective. So no, it doesn’t seem like a lot in a country of 318,861,000 people, but that is a lot of people.
Every. Two. Minutes.
One in four women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That is a worldwide statistic. In the United States, one woman out of every six has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Among all victims, 9 out of 10 are female.
One out of every 33 American men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime. At least 10% of rape victims are men.
As far as age goes, 15% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 12. 29% are between the ages of 12 and 17. 44% are under the age of 18, and 80% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. People between the ages of 12 and 34 are at the highest risk of being sexually assaulted. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely to be sexual assault victims than the general population.
As far as race goes, 17.7% of white women are sexually assaulted. 18.8% of African-American women, 6.8% of Asian/Pacific Islander women, 34.1% of American Indian/Alaskan Native women, 24.4% of mixed race women, and 14.6% of Hispanic women are sexually assaulted.
2.8% of white men, 3.3% of African-American men, and 4.4% of mixed-race men are sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, with an average of 39% being reported to police on average per year. If you notice, my statistics for male victims are rather scarce compared to those for female victims of sexual assault. That is because male victims are far less likely to report because of the stigma that comes with being a male sexual assault victim.
Nearly 60% of sexual assauts happen in the victim’s own home or at the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor.
Now that we have all relevant facts out on the table, here’s what I have to say in conclusion:
Sexual assault is not a women’s issue.
Sexual assault is not a men’s issue.
Sexual assault is not a children’s issue.
Sexual assault is not a racial issue.
Sexual assault is a human rights issue.
Sexual assault needs to stop. Now. And it falls under feminism why? Because yes. Women make up 90% of sexual assault victims in the United States. But feminism’s fight is for gender equality. Feminism is the radical notion that no one should have a social stigma applied to them because they are a victim of sexual assault. Feminism is the radical notion that rapists should be blamed for rape, not the victims. Feminism is the radical notion that we need to educate our children, our friends, our families, and ourselves on what consent means and why it is so important.
I leave you all with resources for sexual assault crisis hotlines, followed by my sources for the statistics and other information presented above.