Every 98 seconds, an American woman is sexually assaulted. This is too high a rate for a country that is as progressive as ours. If this number is to drop we must work harder to eliminate sexual assault and rape.
Sexual assault is far too common and can have very serious effects on its victims. Every year over 321,000 Americans, 12 and older, are the victims of sexual assault or rape. Now imagine how much it happens including children and the rest of the world. This means that someone you know and trust has or will be a victim of sexual assault or rape. If that isn’t enough, 70% of victims experience moderate to severe stress. This rate is higher than any other violent crime.
What I propose we do we do to reduce sexual assault and rape is to start listening and believing the brave victims that have shared their stories. Now, I know this won’t completely eliminate sexual assault, but it will help a lot. If we do, people will stop thinking that they’ll be able to get away with it, and, hopefully the 120+ public figures and celebrities that have recently been accused of sexual assault and rape will think twice.
Now, you’re probably thinking that there are false accusations, so why should we believe the “victims”? For one, they’re fellow humans and they deserve our trust and support. Secondly, only 2%-6% of accusations are false. Thirdly, there are few reasons someone would falsely accuse something so personally violating and awful that could get them hate for even saying that they’re a victim. So, we should listen to the people that are brave enough to come forward.
In conclusion, it is essential for our future that we stop rape and sexual assault. The statistics are far to high, even though they’ve been split in half in the past few decades. Ending sexual assault and rape is not even that hard and can be obtained through far less difficulty as many other leading problems. All we have to do is learn to listen and believe others.