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Malcolm Tucker August 23rd, 2008 02:29 AM

Rape-Facts and What to Do.
 
Rape

Definition

Rape, or sexual assault, is the act of sexual intercourse with one or more persons who did not consent to it. It may involve penetration or not. In most countries it is a criminal offense, and merits jail time for the perpetrator. It, unfortunately, does happen, and causes both physical, and emotional damage for the victims.

Statistics
  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
  • In 2006, there were 272,350 victims of sexual assault (NationalCrime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.)
  • 1 in 6 (approx. 16.6%) females, and 1 in 33 (approx .03%) males will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetimes.
  • College aged women are 400% times more likely to be raped
  • 60% of sexual assaults do not get reported to the authorities.
  • Since 1993, reporting of such crimes has increased but 33%.
  • Approximately 73% of rape victims know their assailant.
  • Only 6% of rapists spend 1 night in prison
  • About 44% or rape victims are under the age of 18
  • 15% of rape victims are under the age of 12.
  • 93% of the rape victims age 18 and under knew the rapist. Of these rapists, 34.2% were family members and 58.7% were acquaintances.


If it is you

If it is you who has been raped, there are a few things you can do.
  • Go straight to the police; waiting a few days will compromise the evidence needed to capture the rapist.
  • Failing that, go to the hospital (You should anyway), so that you may be treated for whatever injuries (emotional too) you may have sustained in the incident.
  • TELL SOMEONE, don't live in silence. It will make it harder to forget.
  • There are a number of helplines and websites dedicated to rape victims below.

Rape and Suicide

Childhood and adulthood victims of rape are more likely to attempt or commit suicide. The association remains, even after controlling for sex, age, education, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and the presence of psychiatric disorders. The experience of being raped can lead to suicidal behavior as early as adolescence. In Ethiopia, 6% of raped schoolgirls reported having attempted suicide. A study of adolescents in Brazil found prior sexual abuse to be a leading factor predicting several health risk behaviours, including suicidal thoughts and attempts.

The Aftermath of Rape
  • vaginal bleeding or infection
  • fibroids
  • decreased sexual desire
  • genital irritation
  • pregnancy (see below)

Rape and Pregnancy

In the U.S. around 5% of rapes end in pregnancy. This produced around 32,000 pregnancies per annum. If you are female, and were raped, go straight to your G.P. and get the "Morning After Pill".

The Morning After Pill is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy from occurring. It stops the plantation of the fertilized embryo onto the womb's wall; thus not terminating pregnancy, in fact it prevents it from starting.

It is contraception. However, in some states, some Catholic hospitals, are not required to provide it as a form of emergency contraception. Therefore I am not suggesting you pick which hospital to go to when you have been raped, go to your General Practitioner.

THE MORNING AFTER PILL WILL ONLY WORK 72 HOURS AFTER THE INTERCOURSE.

Rape and STDs

Unfortunately, in every case of rape there is a risk of contracting a STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). The most common STD in these cases is HIV.Adolescent girls are particularly susceptible to HIV infection through forced sex, and even through unforced sex, because their vaginal mucous membranes have not yet acquired cellular density sufficient to provide an effective barrier that develops in the later teenage years. Those who suffer anal rape are also considerably more susceptible to HIV than would be the case if the sex were not forced, since anal tissues can be easily damaged, again allowing the virus an easier entry into the body.

Criminal Punishment in Rape Cases

U.S.A. (wikipedia)

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Support

If you are in need of support here are some contact numbers and websites categorized by country.

United States Of America
  • Call 911
  • Call Suicide hotline : 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Nation Sexual Assault Hotline : 1-800-656-HOPE

Canada

United Kingdom
  • Call 999
  • Terrence Higgins Trust (Confidential HIV hotline) 12pm-10pm on 0207 242 101
  • Childline- Free for children's help - 0800 1111

Republic Of Ireland
  • Call 999 or 112
  • Call FREEPHONE 1800 778888 -Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.


Sources :

http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.garda.ie
http://www.suicide.org/rape-victims-...o-suicide.html
http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html
http://www.hotpeachpages.net/canada/index.html


Edit:

I just wanted to stress the importance of reporting rape whenever it happens. Some may find it hard to believe but a huge number of victims do not report the event simply because their ashamed, disgusted, scared and so on..

But not reporting it is wrong, rape is a crime and not reporting it and not doing everything possible to make sure the person sick enough to do this to You and others goes to jail almost always ensures the same thing happening again to another victim in the future.

And to illustrate my point of view here is a story posted by one of our members

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cromm (Post 550170)
I was thinking about posting this for awhile... not really sure how some of you would react, but I think it's a story that needs sharing. It's not really my story, it's my sister's; and I would never dream of sharing it without her permission, but she's been more vocal in recent years about getting the message out, so here goes:


A number of years ago, my older sister (who at the time was 17), was walking home from a concert downtown. She had went with three of her friends, so she felt safe. Her friends got off the subway two stops before she did. Making the short trip from the subway to her bus stop alone, she was assaulted and raped. I won't go into details, but that part's actually worse than it sounds.

She went to the hospital where they did a lot of tests. I was too young at the time to fully understand what had happend; all I knew was someone had hurt my big 'sis. She stayed there for a few days for observation, but thankfully her body was not seriously injured and the STI tests all came back negative.

While she was in the hospital, she gave a description of the man who attacked her. My mom and dad wouldn't let me be in the room with her when she did that, but I watched through the window as the detectives talked and took notes. To this day I still remember the look they shared with each other. The look I now know to mean "Oh, that guy. Yeah, we know him."

The man was arrested the very next day and charged with several Class A indictable offences. My sister was forced to testify (which was yet another trauma) but he was found guilty. This ass wipe is currently serving a 25 year prison term.

Justice served, right?

Not entirely.

Added to the simple fact that taking away this man's freedom in no way equates to making things right for my sister, this story has the added tragedy of never having to have happened.

You see, my sister wasn't this man's first victim.

Only six months earlier charges against him for raping another young woman had been dropped because she had refused to testify. The Crown could have issued a subpoena, but chose to respect her wish to be left alone.

For a long time, I felt my sister had paid the price for this woman's cowardice. It's a horrible thing to say, I know this now, but for I long time I hated that other woman almost as much as I did the bastard who hurt my sister. It wasn't her fault of course. You can't help feeling what you feel: whether that be fear, or shame or anger... you just feel it. I get that now.

Still... I can't help but think how my sister's life, my family's life, would have been different if that other woman had come forward; or if the Crown pushed the issue.


Rape is a crime I can't even begin to comprehend, but if you're one of the many young women every year who fails victim to it, I would urge you, for the sake of every woman after you that that person may harm, report the crime and follow it through to the end.

Thanks for your time.

So whoever and where ever You are and no matter what was done to You: find the strength to fight and make sure the person(s) who did it to You never get the chance to do so ever again.

-Hyper

Oblivion August 23rd, 2008 02:31 AM

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Oh my god thats sickening.
Good info/post though.
Wow. America is so messed up.
Rep+

Sugaree August 23rd, 2008 07:17 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Shattered (Post 347765)
Oh my god thats sickening.
Wow. America is so messed up.

It's not just America. It's everywhere. Good job on this Michael. This would be a great help guide for anyone that has been raped.

Oblivion August 23rd, 2008 07:29 PM

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I know Matt, but it specifically shows US details, and thats what I was referring to

Malcolm Tucker August 24th, 2008 03:45 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Shattered (Post 348049)
I know Matt, but it specifically shows US details, and thats what I was referring to

That's because there were only US statistics out there.

stotty August 24th, 2008 03:59 AM

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ummmm..maybe you should lock the topic mods. i dont see how it needs replies?

japanman August 24th, 2008 04:34 AM

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Nice job this should be stickied.

I help as much as i can to make sure ppl at school or just around dont get sexualy assaulted but I always know that someonelse somewhere is bieng raped but for me thats enough i might not be able to save the world but i can save some ppl.

*adds thread to favs*

Malcolm Tucker August 24th, 2008 06:03 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ghawesome (Post 348251)
ummmm..maybe you should lock the topic mods. i dont see how it needs replies?


My call, not yours. It's not locked because I might be missing something and if no one can reply, I can't fix it. It stays open. Keep posts related to the topic

GiZzLe January 30th, 2009 11:21 AM

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that doesnt really help if u g2 sum 1 n tell them

MysticalBurrito January 30th, 2009 11:53 AM

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that just sick i cant believe that this state is so messed up

YourFriend July 4th, 2009 02:37 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Rubicon (Post 348039)
It's not just America. It's everywhere. Good job on this Michael. This would be a great help guide for anyone that has been raped.

it is everywhere, but it's more in USA than any other country, face it...

Deschain July 4th, 2009 03:35 PM

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Did you knew if you're getting raped or if you're kidnapped, you're supposed to yell "FIRE" instead of help? Because people usually don't respond to help. That's fucked up.

ErykaInspire. July 5th, 2009 05:29 PM

Re: Rape-Facts and What to Do.
 
One year ago in November, my "then" boyfriend tried to rape me......
it did result in suicide attempts but talking to someone REALLY helped.

You're NOT worthless and that's not all you're good for.
Don't block everyone else that tries to walk into your life, they could change it for the better.
Everything starts with trust, but make sure that people earn it.

I'm open to discussion if anyone needs to talk about their experiences. I know how big it is, but it is possible to talk about, and to cope with it.
Don't worry about dumping everything on me, that's what i'm here for<3
PM me whenever.

LiGHT July 5th, 2009 05:44 PM

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Great info. +rep I did not know half the stuff up there. Thanks for helping me get caught up. And I don't know if this a stupid question or not but can a male be raped by a female?

ErykaInspire. July 5th, 2009 06:23 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by LiGHT (Post 564509)
And I don't know if this a stupid question or not but can a male be raped by a female?

ABSOLUTELY!
If you're not willing, it's rape.
Anyone can be raped, male or female, by any gender.

Sapphire July 17th, 2009 01:10 PM

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It is hugely important that you talk with someone about this if it happens to you.
Even if you don't want to go to the police you need to heal yourself and talking about it is the first step towards that goal.

Rape Crisis UK are there to support anyone over the age of 14 in the UK (regardless of gender, race etc) who has had to deal with any form of sexual abuse.



Quote:

Originally Posted by YourFriend (Post 562550)
it is everywhere, but it's more in USA than any other country, face it...

I think you'll find that more rapes occur in conflict areas in Africa than in the USA.

Fallen_embers August 16th, 2009 07:33 AM

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What if you get raped and don't do anything about it?
Like years later can you still get the person who did it arrested or something?
aah :(

Sapphire August 16th, 2009 08:00 AM

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It does happen.
I'm not sure what the likelihood of a conviction is though...

blameitonvogue August 27th, 2009 03:57 AM

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Is filing a stalking report good enough if it is currently happening (re-occurring) and you include it in the report? :/

Sapphire August 27th, 2009 04:14 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by blameitonvogue (Post 625082)
Is filing a stalking report good enough if it is currently happening (re-occurring) and you include it in the report? :/

If you report it to the authorities then they can help you stay safe.


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