Sexual Assault and #METOO
After watching the hearing with Brett Kavanaugh and Dr Christine Blasey Ford, it is truly heartbreaking to hear the remarks made towards her.
We stand with the survivors and as Sen. Patrick Leahy stated “bravery is contagious.”
Ford was questioned and one thing that really shocked me was the fact that she vividly remembers the laughter at her expense during the time of her attack. That is beyond disheartening. Now, none of us know what happened that summer, but I cannot disregard anything she says because survivors are often put through the trauma again.
Of the sexual violence crimes not reported to police from 2005-2010, the victim gave the following reasons for not reporting: (https://www.rainn.org/statistics/criminal-justice-system)
20% feared retaliation
13% believed the police would not do anything to help
Out of 1000 rapes that are committed, 310 are reported to the police, 57 reports lead to arrest, 11 cases will be referred to prosecutors, 7 cases will lead to a conviction and 6 rapists will be incarcerated. 6 rapists out of 1000.
Women do not report these incidences because the odds are in favor of the rapist, not the victim.
Now, of course being in college, we are definitely fearful of sexual assault on campus. I personally carry pepper spray, as do many females on campus as i’ve seen. The fear of sexual assault is always there. Being afraid to walk home at night, afraid that when you say “no” it will not make a difference. Only 20% of female student victims, age 18-24, report to law enforcement. That means out of 100 victims, only 20 of them will report the incident to an officer. The fear that there will be backlash from the community, different repercussions from the perpetrator and even the fear that it is a personal matter that they do not want to report and bring into public. It also states that 50% of sexual assaults on campus happen in the first semester (Sept-Nov) which is, right now. It is very scary to be on a college campus sometimes for this fear. Obviously the more students, the higher risk for sexual assault, especially if you are in a big city where there are many people just living in the general area.
For the men and women attending college right now, protect yourself, get pepper spray, a Swiss army knife, something that will make you feel safe.
IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT. REPORT IT. MAKE YOUR STORY HEARD. BRAVERY IS CONTAGIOUS.
This is a topic that I am passionate about and we will continue to stand with the survivors