With 525,600 minutes in a year, someone gets raped every 2 minutes. These numbers are astounding! However, they are greatly underrepresented because 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Rape or sexual assault can occur to anyone including women, children, and men, gay or straight. RAPE AMONGST FEMALES Rape is a very traumatic experience for the victims.
Sexual assault in the military has become one of the most controversial of all issues that have been discussed over the years. The topic has received extensive media coverage and has contributed to multiple media scandals. According to a Newsweek report done in 2011, women are more likely to be assaulted by fellow soldiers than killed in combat. The Department of Defense estimates approximately 19,000 sexual assaults occur per year amongst military personnel. That number is stifling considering that in the last year only 1,108 troops filed for investigation, and of those only 575 cases were processed.
Rape and rape culture are very real and present problems with our post-secondary system. Not a day goes by without a new revelation, number or statistic coming to light. Not a day goes by without feminists screaming to “take back the night” and men’s rights advocates crying for sex. There probably isn’t a person in existence who doesn’t have an opinion on the issue. There is so much focus on it, millions of dollars going into solving it.
Rape and Sexual Violence Rape and sexual violence is a very serious problem that affects millions of people each year. Rape is someone taking advantage of another person sexually. Sexual assault can be verbal, physical, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. ("Sexual Assault.") Rape is one of the most underreported crimes.
Unfortunately, Schroeder’s story is not uncommon. Each year, approximately 26,000 service people are sexually assaulted by other service people each year in the United States military (US Commission on Civil Rights). The Tailhook scandal in 1991, in which 90 service people were sexually assaulted by United States Navy and Marine Corps personnel, shed light on the harmful epidemic of sexual assault in the United States military, but it still goes on today, over twenty years later. Congress has created several pieces of legislation to crack down on the staggering amount of sexual assault that has been going on for decades. Some of the proposed solutions to stop this problem are extreme, such as removing women from certain combat roles, and others are helpful but inadequate, like Senator McCaskill’s recently passed bill, which makes smaller changes to the current military system of handling sexual assault.
Counting all the girls in our class, 3 of them, hypothetically, would be raped during their college years. Around 90 percent of sexual assaults are not reported due to fear. I did not pick a certain case, since there are so many out there, but rape, assault, and harassment I believe come from a different point in life. I believe some of these behaviors come from the media, movies, tv shows, and music. These different areas can send children, teenagers, and adults that it is okay to treat women or men a certain way.
It is difficult for the victims to come forward for these horrible assaults. Women that do come forward either lose their ranking or nothing’s done because the person they go to is friends with the assailant. It is believed that over 85-90% of rapes in the U.S. military go unreported. Over the years, floods of people have come forward, yet the number of unreported cases remains the same.6 The documentary Invisible War did a tremendous job on bringing this problem into the eyes of the public and to our government, which recently passed legisl... ... middle of paper ... ...orward about their attacks. The only way these attacks are going to stop is if more people come forward and the criminals are punished for their actions.
“More than 70 members of the US Military encounter coerced and abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault or are raped every day. That 's three every hour” (Chemaly). These statistics are horrible, is this acceptable in any society or department? Men are also targets of assault and rape in the United States Military, by far it is evident that woman are assaulted and raped more than men, since men are often less victims and more the attackers of this and most women by physical strength are weaker than men. The ironic thing is that there are more rape reports made with servicemen than of servicewomen in the military.
What is rape culture? Rape culture is something created by society that sexualizes rude and violent behavior as sexy or sexual, inforced mostly be men. Rape is a big problem all around the world, and in some countries, it is accepted by law. It has been stated that 105,000 rapes happen every year in the United States. Most rape happens to female between the ages of 14 and 30.
The lack of reported cases that take place just give abusers another foothold in the climb to the top. There are an estimated sixteen thousand eight hundred homicides each year due to intimate partner violence, and one-third of female homicide victims that are reported are kil... ... middle of paper ... ...d a free and healthy life, but unfortunately not every little girl gets her fairytale ending. Making a difference begins with educating people about domestic violence and making sure that they know how to identify the abuse when they see it happening. That is why those with voices that are heard must speak out for the women who are being ignored. Works Cited "Domestic Violence Statistics."