Are you really? Are you really about to be raped? I’ve ranted about this before but I honestly HATE it when people use the word ‘rape’ so casually.
Seeing as I keep seeing this statement all over facebook, tumblr, twittter, etc., I felt a need to say it again. I’m sure most of my friends (or at least I’m hoping all of them) who say it don’t honestly believe rape is a good thing. So how can people say it like it’s not a big deal?
In the United States…
- 1 in 3 women will be a victim of rape in their lifetime: 44% of which will happen before the age of 18, 80% will happen before the age of 30.
- 200,000+ women & 93,000+ men are raped every year.
- 60% of all rapes will never be reported.
- 15 out of 16 rapists walk free.
- 20% of college students will be raped before graduation - 90% of them will be female.
- 89% of all sexual crimes are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
- South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world.
- In South Africa, 1,500 school children were surveyed and a quarter of all the boys interviewed said that ‘jackrolling’, a term for gang rape, was fun. More than half the interviewees insisted that when a girl says no to sex she really means yes.
- In South East Asia, 40% of girls will be sold into prostitution.
- 2 million children will be forced into sex trafficking every year. 1 million of them will be from Asia.
- Some Islamic countries require rape victims to provide a male witness to the crime. If married, the victim will be charged of adultery if a witness cannot be provided.
- The Philippines is the fourth country with the most number of prostituted children, and authorities have identified an increase in pedophiles travelling to the Philippines.
Whether you would like to admit it or not, there is a very high probability you personally know someone who has been or will be a victim of rape or some sexual crime at at least one point in their life.
So how do you think they they would feel if they had to listen to someone they know throw the word around so casually?
But does it really have to get to that point before you take it seriously? Do you really need to have a family member, friend, or acquaintance be a victim of rape before you start watching what you say? Chances are you probably won’t even know though. Because 66% of all rape victims don’t want to admit they have been raped because they think they’ll be blamed for it.
I could throw facts act you all night because I had to study this all in my abnormal psychology class, but I doubt it would stop anyone from using it so casually. But, I hope to God that it will at least make someone think.
Some people may think I’m just being sensitive. But I think I have a right to be. I may not have ever been direct victim of a sexual crime, but I have gone through things I hope I’ll forget one day, things I hope my family will also forget one day. But honestly I don’t think I need to be an actual victim to care this much. Because to be honest, I don’t think very many people can even fathom how much things like this can really break a person.
I’m super happy to hear that a friend sees the usage of ”raping my exam” as problematic. We as young adults tend to forget the hystory and violence associated with certain words. Props to my girl Joanna for droppin some knowledge.