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Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action

Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action published on

Authored by The White House Council on Women and Girls

This book analyzes the most recent, reliable data about rape and sexual assault in our country. It identifies those most at risk of being victims of these crimes, examines the cost of this violence (both to survivors and our communities), and describes the response, too often inadequate, of the criminal justice system. The report catalogues steps this Administration has taken to combat rape and sexual assault, and identifies areas for
further action.
An overview of the problem:
Women and girls are the vast majority of victims: nearly 1 in 5 women – or nearly 22 million – have been raped in their lifetimes.
Men and boys, however, are also at risk: 1 in 71 men – or almost 1.6 million – have been raped during their lives.
Women of all races are targeted, but some are more vulnerable than others: 33.5% of multiracial women have been raped, as have 27% of American Indian and Alaska Native women, compared to 15% of Hispanic, 22% of Black, and
19% of White women.
Most victims know their assailants.
The vast majority (nearly 98%) of perpetrators are male.
Young people are especially at risk: nearly half of female survivors were raped before they were 18, and over one-quarter of male survivors were raped before they were 10. College students are particularly vulnerable: 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college.
Repeat female victimization is common: over a third of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults.
Other populations are also at higher risk of being raped or sexually assaulted, including people with disabilities, the LGBT community, prison inmates (of both genders), and the homeless. Undocumented immigrants face unique challenges, because their abusers often threaten to have them deported if they try to get help.

Publication Date:
Oct 31 2014
ISBN/EAN13:
1503039889 / 9781503039889
Page Count:
36
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5″ x 11″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Social Science / Sexual Abuse & Harassment

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