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Transcript of Sexual Assault
Rachel Ackerman Partying and "just having fun" is often the root of drug facilitated sexual assault becoming an issue. Intimate Partner Rape The term "intimate partner rape" describes physical, sexual, and psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. It is often justified within the means of marriage and religious boundaries. Although this rape is not only between heterosexual couples, it is typically a rape that married women experience. Statistically speaking, about 1 in 4 women will be raped in their lifetime by their partner or spouse.
"Women are much more likely than men to be victimized by a current or former intimate partner.Women are 84 % of spouse abuse victims and 86 % of victims of abuse at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend and about three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male." (Futures Without Violence, 2009).
"On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner." (Futures Without Violence, 2009). Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Intimate Rape Sexual Harassment Sexual Assault Definition "A statutory offense that provides
that it is a crime
to knowingly cause another person to engage
in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat" (Websters, 2013). Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Drug facilitated sexual assault is the administration of any sort of anesthesia-type drug given to a victim thus making them incapable of giving consent. In other cultures... Sexual assault is taken lightly in relationships because society tells us that sex is an outcome of relationships. When someone says no and is bound in marriage, rape is more likely to happen in the situation due to the entitlement the abuser feels over their spouse. Legal definition:
"unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment." (ERA) Statistics from a poll taken in 2008 of 782 workers Acquaintance Sexual Assault Acquaintance assault involves coercive sexual activities that occur against a person's will by means of force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury. These sexual activities are imposed upon them by someone they know (a friend, date, acquaintance, etc.). (Rainn.org)
Most victims of acquaintance assault are female, males can also be the victims of this sexual assault (Novabuck.org)
Victims of acquaintance assault come from every socio-economic, cultural, religious and racial background (Novabucks.org)
Like other forms of sexual assault, acquaintance assault is motivated by a need to control, to humiliate, and to harm (Rainn.org)
Considering that most of the rapists were apart of the victims life, the victims often have to face their assailants after the assault-- causing distress, fear, and humiliation for the victim (Novabucks.org) How the Media makes it appear... Many myths incorrectly characterize sexual assault victims as "sexually loose" individuals who are "asking for it." As a result, convictions are difficult to get, and police and prosecutors are often reluctant to pursue acquaintance sexual assault cases (Novabucks.org).
Other myths: Women who don't fight back haven't been sexually assaulted, Most women lie about acquaintance sexual assault because they have regrets after consensual sex, Women who say "No" really means "Yes", and many more (aaets.org) Sexual Assault Statistics There are 207,754 victims of sexual assault per year
80% of victims are under age 30
44% are under age 18
Out of every 100 rapes, only 46 will be reported to the police
Rape has decreased 60% since 1993
4 in 10 incidents take place in the victim's home
Only 3% of rapists spend a night in jail
73% of sexual assault cases are perpetrated by a non-stranger What the Media Says Victim blaming is very common when sexual assault and rape cases are reported
Many music videos portray images of sexual assault and violence What we can do If you are a victim of any form of sexual assault, report it to the police Acquaintance Rape Sexual Assault Statistics Thesis Sexual Assault is a negative offense that the media influences and downplays as a normality found in movies, advertisements, and images. Women are continually objectified and men are taught
that sexual assault is the norm, acceptable, and the consequences are minimal. This presentation will cover sexual assault in many aspects that include intimate rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, harassment, and acquaintance rape, and how the media portrays it. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in sexual assault situations, used to compromise someones ability to consent. Roofies-Used when someone drops a drug into your drink which will impair ones judgment and often reduce levels of consciousness. The drug is odorless when dissolved into your glass. May be colorless or often leaves a blue-ish residue. It is also found that fifty percent of the perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault. "Date rape or "Drug rape" is much more serious than we anticipate and is often sparked by seeing partying and provocative behavior through the media. Can include: looks, jokes, grabbing, comments about body parts, physical intrusion of physical space, brushing up against in a sexual way, lewd postures, leering, etc. Facts:
-The survivor does not have to be the person that is directly harassed. It can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct
-Sexual Harassment can happen between the same sex
-It can happen outside of work -31% of female workers reported they had been harassed at work.
Of those women, 100% reported the harasser was a man How the Media Portrays Sexual Harassment -7% of the male workers reported they had been harassed at work.
Of those men, 59% reported the harasser was a woman Of the women who were harasses:
-43% were harassed by their supervisor
-27% were harassed by an employee senior to them
-19% were harassed by a coworker at the same level as them (Rainn.org) (workharassment.net) In the media, we continuously see people being harassed, which in the end desensitizes our feelings towards harassment because it is normalized. Acquaintance Sexual Assault 84% of women who have been acquaintance raped knew their attacker.
Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be acquaintance raped than any other age group.
Approximately 90% of acquaintance rapes happen with alcohol involved.
27% of women and 84% of men don't realize what happened to then and what they did met the legal definition of acquaintance rape.
44% of women who have been acquaintance raped have considered suicide.
Only 16% of rape victims report the crime to the police. When victims do step forward and report, they are often not believed or experience difficulty in receiving proper services.
(Drexel.edu) In the book "The Women of Deh Koh", author Erika Friedl lived in the very Islamic village of Deh Koh located in Iran. She noted many oppressive behaviors to women that were carried out due to Islamic tradition. A woman was not allowed to refuse her husband any time that he wanted sex. The man being the head of the household was also given religious authority to beat his wife when he felt she needed to be disciplined.
According to tradition, on the wedding night of a newly wed couple, the man lays out a sheet on the bed. If the woman does not bleed during intercourse and stains the sheet, that means she is not a virgin. She is then beaten to his desire or her family may kill her in an "honor killing". This is typically stoning and where the woman is stoned to death to the shame she brought to her family for her promiscuity. Men are never punished however for being promiscuous. Can also include: Child Sexual Abuse, Stalking, Incest, and Stranger Rape What the media portrays...
The reality of it.... The YWCA located in downtown Kalamazoo offers Rape kits, shelters, and free counseling services to victims and their families. They are available 24 hours a day at (269)385-3587 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Works Cited "Acquaintance Rape." Acquaintance Rape | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <http://www.rainn.org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/acquaintance-rape>.
"Acquaintance Rape." Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) Victim Services Crime Information - Acquaintance Rape. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <http://www.novabucks.org/acquaintancerape.html>.
"Perspectives on Acquaintance Rape." Perspectives on Acquaintance Rape. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <http://www.aaets.org/arts/art13.htm>.
"Sexual Harassment" Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013. <http://www.rainn.org/get-information/types-of-sexual-assault/sexual-harassment>.
"Sexual Harassment in the Workplace." Sexual Harassment Practice Group of Outten & Golden LLP. Web. 8 Apr. 2013. <http://www.workharassment.net/index.php/sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace.html>.
"Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment at Work." Equal Rights Advocates. ERA, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. <http://www.equalrights.org/publications/kyr/shwork.asp> " Rainn.org Any Questions? (Rainn.org) Keeping quiet only hurts more. Silence is never the answer. It is important that victims of sexual assault and abuse know they have a VOICE. Works Cited, contd... Sexual Harassment "Drug facilitated sexual assault." | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)." Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. <http://www.nsvrc.org/publications/drug-facilitated-sexual-assault>.
"Drexel University." Student Affairs. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2013. <http://drexel.edu/studentaffairs/support_health_services/cc_ucmc/self_help_topics/acquaintance_rape/>. Backlog and Rape Statutes The backlog of rape kits being processed started in 1990, when DNA was first introduced. With kits being collected since 1970, there are hundreds of thousands of rape kits sitting while statutes are running.
Rape statutes are different in every state making there a time limit to prosecute the crime. To make things harder for prosecutors, information does not transfer easily between state lines. Therefore, a rapist that travels and rapes his victims will be harder to prosecute because of the lack of information because of these jurisdictions.
Only 6% of rapists ever receive jail time.
Rape victims have a 1 in 5 chance of seeing their perpetrator brought to justice. (endthebacklog.org) Donate your money--or time! There are many fundraisers, events, and places to donate nationally and in the local community.