Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Some down right frightening statistics from an excellent article "Words Cause Damage: The Use of Rape as a Slang Term" written by Mari Cohen a teen journalist for the high school newspaper The Communicator, dated Monday, January 9, 1012. To read the rest of this article, and I highly recommend it, click here.

"In the United States, approximately 16 percent of women and three percent of men have been victims of attempted or completed rape. Fifteen percent of sexual assault victims are under 12. Sexual assault victims are three times more likely to suffer from depression and four times more likely to contemplate suicide than non-victims.

Almost all rapists (94 percent) do not spend even a day in jail. On average for the past five years, 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Even when a rape is reported, there is only a 50.8 percent chance of an arrest being made, and 31 percent of those convicted of a felony for rape will not spend time in jail.

In addition, rape prevention efforts and the recognition of marital rape as a crime did not come about until fairly recently, contrary to what one might assume. The first legally incorporated rape crisis center was not established until 1972.

Every U.S. state had a marital rape exemption law, which stated that a husband raping his wife was not a crime, until 1975, when South Dakota became the first to remove it. The last state to remove this exemption, North Carolina, did not do so until 1992. Many countries today still do not view rape within marriage as a crime."


  1. Some scary statistics! Women need to be so careful, and they certainly need to be armed with knowledge when it comes to the risks out there.

    I actually have a great little article on some tips for women in college. Many women have to walk alone to their cars at night, and it details some simple things that can diminish the chance of even getting into dangerous situations.

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