We own our bodies. We are the only ones that have the right to control them. Rape occurs when a person forces another person to have sexual intercourse against their will. On that note, keep in mind that nobody should touch you sexually in any way without your consent. ”No” means NO.
Sadly, rape victims are often violated by someone they know. In fact, about 6 of every 10 rapes or sexual assaults occur in the victim’s own home or at the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor.
You might be embarrassed to report a rape, or you may believe that it would be useless to tell anyone. But remember: if you are raped, you have every right to report it. Reporting incidents of rape will prevent future attacks and protect the safety of yourself and others. You can also take back your sense of control. You are not powerless, and you don’t have to remain the victim.
See what you can do to protect yourself from rape.
Want to know how to avoid dangerous situations? Check out website for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Websites to Visit
Check out these websites to get more information about rape and sexual assault:
- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Office for Victims of Crime – Sexual Assault & Rape
- Stop it Now
- Joyful Heart Foundation
RAINN – Statistics (Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
- Every two and a half minutes, someone is sexually assaulted somewhere in the U.S.
- 1 in 6 U.S. women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
- About 10% of sexual assault victims are men.
- About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.
- In 2003 and 2004, there were an average annual 204,370 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.