Defining Rape and Sexual Assault
Until recently I thought sexual assault had the same definition as rape. Rape equals penetration, whether it's the use of a sexual organ or an object. Sexual assault includes unwanted advances whether:
Attempted rape, touching, or “pressuring” victims into reciprocating a sexual act.
*These are all without consent*
Victim Blaming Still Happens
Example: In 2007 a Montana judge blamed a fourteen-year-old studentfor inadvertently seducing her teacher and playing a part in her own assault while giving the teacher 30 days in jail.
Whether is a powered official or strangers using social media to blame a victim for a crime committed against them. It seems that in one way or another we’ve been conditioned to blame a victim for his or her part in the matter. Questions like, What were you wearing, where did you go, inadvertently blaming the person for an act committed against them.
3. Men can be victims too
3% of male students and 7% of female college students have reported being touched without their consent.
I know there are studies that say 23% of women have experienced some form of sexual assault while in college, but we rarely talk about men. Did you know, 1in 71 men are victims of sexual assault? The numbers may be more, but with the way society is, many men may feel that their voices won't be heard or they might not be taken seriously. We need to start a dialogue that includes male and female sexual assault survivors.
These are just are just a few reasons why we need to open up some form of sexual assault dialogue in schools. Education is key, as someone who has decided to research and learn more about sexual health, I hope you do the same.
Fact:The majority of sexual assault victims are young between the ages of 16 and 24
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