The misconceptions and myths surrounding rape are abundant. Regardless of the situation, sexual acts that are committed without the consent of a victim are illegal, immoral, and in every way unacceptable. While advocacy and awareness regarding rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse have spread throughout the nation, there are still many social and legal gray areas that affect the way these crimes are reported and criminally prosecuted. For victims, the incredibly emotional repercussions of these crimes make them difficult to revisit, and it is an unfortunate fact that far too many rapes go unreported. In fact, sexual violence, and rape specifically, is considered the most under reported violent crime in America.
The statistics surrounding rape in the United States should provide victims and survivors with a sense that they are not alone. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), some of the most significant facts about rape and sexual abuse are as follows:
Victims - People under the age of 18 make up 44% of victims; 80% are under age 30; 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attackers
Prevalence - Every 2 minutes, a victim in the U.S. is sexually assaulted; each year there are approximately 207,754 victims of sexual assault
Reporting - 54% of sexual assaults are not reported to law enforcement; 97% of rape offenders will never spend a day in jail
Offenders - Roughly two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim; 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance to the victim
Whether you or someone you know has been a victim of date rape, statutory rape, or any other type of sexual assault, our firm wants you to understand that there are legal avenues available and that you do not have to remain quiet. Speaking out against offenders can help you take the steps toward a healthy healing process and can protect other potential victims from being assaulted.
Achieving Justice and Raising Awareness
At Stern Law Group, we understand that these cases mean more to victims than can ever be explained in words. These are emotionally potent, visceral, and life-changing experiences, and our legal team is well aware that both criminal and civil legal proceedings are intensely difficult. At the same time that victims can help themselves heal, they should also realize that speaking out and raising awareness can make these cases bigger than they can ever imagine.
The statistics alone are conclusive evidence that sexual abuse and rape in America must be dealt with and must be changed. This is only possible if more victims and survivors come forward and make their voices heard. Contact Stern Law Group to learn more about the ways in which our firm can be of assistance and what you can do to achieve justice.