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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

I recently came across a post on IG promoting April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Now I believe that there really shouldn’t be just a designated time to listen and educate ourselves. But, I do understand that highlighting something gives us an opportunity to acknowledge it even more.

That’s what I’ve decided to do, highlight it more. And by no means am I talking about this only because of an IG post I saw. But because it is a topic near and dear to my heart. I knew someday I wanted to open up and share my experience with anyone who wanted to listen.

And today is that day.

And I wanted to be a part of this message because this message is important.

It’s not about isolating or tearing down other things that happen in this world that should not because there is a lot of that.

It’s just about sharing a story that I can tell.

Contributing where I can contribute.

In this post, I will be sharing some statistics that I pulled from the internet.

Statistics to help educate and help you see the full picture. And to hopefully realize it happens more than you think.

I shared my story through an IGTV which I will leave linked here.

Take the time to read, watch, and listen.

If you are someone who has not had a personal experience with sexual assault then I do not expect you to relate however, listening and sympathizing goes a long way.

8 Sexual Assault Statistics

General Statistics about Sexual Assault

1. In 2019, over 652,676 women were raped.

This figure excludes non-rape sexual assaults but includes date rape statistics; if included, data from non-rape sexual assaults would take the figure closer to the one million mark. What’s worse, it has been rising for the last decade at an annual rate of 2.9%, and this trend shows no sign of decreasing.

2. Over 40% of women in the US have encountered sexual violence.

Sexual abuse, as shown by rape and sexual assault statistics, has affected 41.8% of women in the US who have been victimized by sexual violence other than rape.

3. Nearly 80% of female sexual assault victims experience their first assault before the age of 25.

Exactly 79.6% of female victims who have experienced one or more completed rape did so before the age of 25.

4. Around 20% of American males have been the victim of sexual violence, a quarter under 10 years of age.

According to Rainn statistics, outside of the correctional system, most rape victims are female. However, studies show that 21.4% of males in the US have been victims of sexual violence.

5. Rape Statistics show that less than 20% of rapes are reported.

It is estimated that only 19% of rapes, completed or attempted, are reported annually.

6. Women and men with disabilities face twice the risk of sexual assault than able-bodied individuals.

Sadly, data gathered from watchdog organizations and US sexual assault statistics have found that disabled people were twice as likely to be victims of sexual assault than able-bodied people. The majority of these assaults were carried out in care environments (both facilities and home care).

7. 7.2% of all children surveyed in 2019 had been victims of sexual assault.

Child sexual abuse statistics highlight the harrowing revelation that teens aged 14 to 17 were in the highest risk category for sexual assault, with more than one in four adolescents (27.3%) having been sexually victimized during their lifetimes.

8. Approximately 70 women commit suicide every day in the US following an act of sexual violence.

Women's sexual assault statistics reveal some extremely disturbing facts. An estimated 70 women commit suicide daily in the US, directly as a result of sexual violence. Worryingly, this figure has grown by 2.87% over the last year.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault,

I want you to know, that you can be more than just that. You can thrive and grow.

What has happened to you, does not define you.

You are wanted and loved.

Do not let the filth of someone else’s hands steal your confidence!

I may not know you but I want you to know that you are not alone!

And if you would like to talk to someone I would be more than willing to listen!

You can email me, or DM on IG!

Please remember that sexual assault awareness should not just take place in one month but all the time.

Remember to BU.

With love, Samantha.

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