With the feminist movement on the rise, so is awareness about rape and sexual assault. One in four college women (25%) report surviving rape or attempted rape during their lifetime. Studies have shown that this statistic has remained constant since the 1980s. Just in the United States alone, over a million women are raped every year. Ladies are taught strategies to prevent rape, such as: don’t walk alone at night, invest in pepper spray, don’t wear revealing clothes, and so on. Where are the lessons on teaching future perpetrators not to rape?
The graph below shows that sixty percent (60%) of perpetrators are acquaintances of the victim, while thirty-two percent (32%) are romantic partners and eight percent (8%) are complete strangers.
The statistics are frightening. Most women who walk down the street at night, fear strangers not people they know. Most children are taught at a very young age that they should never trust strangers, but these statistics state otherwise. Most of the time rape happens by someone the victim knows and possibly trusts.
While women are mostly targeted by perpetrators, men can be victims of rape as well. In recent years, a stigma has been created associated with male rape. Women and men are both targeted.The victim is never at fault. For female victims, ninety-eight point one percent (98.1%) reported that the perpetrators was a man. As for male victims, ninety-three percent (93%) reported that the perpetrator was also a male.
The differences among the races of women who have reported to have been raped at least once in their lifetime are minimal. Twenty-two percent (22%) were African-American, nineteen percent (19%) were white non-Hispanic, and fifteen percent (15%) were Hispanic.
On college campuses, being intoxicated puts a woman at the highest risk. Sixty-four percent (64%) of offenders used alcohol and/or drugs before the attack, and most offenders use alcohol to make their victims more vulnerable and easier to target.
In the United States as a whole, the forcible rape rate has been on a slow decrease since the late nineteenth century. The graph below shows the decrease in the rape from 1995 to 2010.
Even though it’s decreasing, it still is an important issue. Hopefully the trend continues and the rate continues to drop throughout the years at an even faster pace until it finally bottoms out and remains that way.