Hello! Benziler here and welcome back to Benziler’s Life Blog! We are back with another blog!
Heads up info||This may be a touchy topic for some viewers. Please read with caution (or skip past).
Topics being covered:
- Rape (definition and more)
- How many people are victims?
- Who are the perpetrators?
- national sexual assault (violence) hotline
Rape (definition and more).
Rape, one of the other lightly taken topics that most people blow off and consider “fake”. You may or may not believe it but rape is real, it is a real life; world wide situation this needs resolving and talking about. And, in fact, definitely not taken lightly or considered fake or that the victim is a liar when they (may or may not) are not a liar.
Yeah, it’s true, some people do fake about a rape situation but, that doesn’t mean we take it lightly. We take it as if it was real. For one, we don’t know if it’s real or not and we do not know someone’s life or their story. How many times do I have to say it: Rape should not be taken lightly.
Rainn, again, in the same article as the “sexual assault” article, tells us the definition and such about Rape.
Rape|| a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. The term rape is often used as a legal definition to specifically include sexual penetration without consent. For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” To see how your state legally defines rape and other forms of sexual assault.
And, let me say this again, Rape doesn’t just consist of Men doing it to women. Women can do it to men. Men can do it to men. Women can do it to women. Men and women can do it to children. It goes both, all, ways.
The perpetrators use a strategy called “force” in which is not always referred to as psychical pressure but also using other ways.
These may be the other way they use force:
- Emotional coercion.
- Psychological force
- Manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex.
Some perpetrators also use threats to force a victim to comply. For example, they threaten to hurt the victims friends, family or the victims other loved/close ones. They also use intimidating tactics to so say, persuade the victim.
How many people are victims?
As said in the “sexual assault” Blog, every 92 seconds someone is [sexually assaulted and] raped.
As said in another article by Rainn, they say, “On average, there are 321,500 victims (ages 12+) of Rape [and sexual assault] each year in the US.”
They tell us that younger people are, usually, at the highest risk to be a victim of sexual violence.
The majority of victims of, in this topic, rape are under 30:
12-17 years|| 15%.
18-34 years|| 54%.
35-64 years|| 28%.
65+ years|| 3%.
Wow! 18-34 year olds are 54% victims! Even tho 34 is over 30 that is still mind blowing!
Who are the perpetrators?
Rainn, once again, tells us on their “sexual assault” article tells us “who are the perpetrators”.
They write, “The majority of perpetrators are someone known to the victim“.
An approximate 8/10 sexual
[assault] violence (in this case rape) are committed by someone know to the victim. Such as a partner sexual violence, or acquaintance rape, Rainn writes.
They give an definition for the term “date rape”:
Date rape|| sometimes used to refer to acquaintance rape. Perpetrators of acquaintance rape might be a date, but they could also be a classmate, a neighbor, a friend’s significant other, or any number of different roles. It’s important to remember that dating, instances of past intimacy, or other acts like kissing do not give someone consent for increased or continued sexual contact.
In other instances, the victim may not know the perp. at all. They may, for example, have been an online person that asked to meet up for a “made up reason” or just a random stranger off the streets or in a building–like a hotel, etc.
This type of rape is identified as stranger rape. Stranger rape can take many forms, which include (as Rainn says):
- Blitz sexual assault||when a perpetrator quickly and brutally assaults the victim with no prior contact, usually at night in a public place
- Contact sexual assault||when a perpetrator contacts the victim and tries to gain their trust by flirting, luring the victim to their car, or otherwise trying to coerce the victim into a situation where the sexual assault will occur
- Home invasion sexual assault||when a stranger breaks into the victim’s home to commit the assault
The survivors of either stranger rape and acquaintance rape usually tend to blame themselves for behaving (or dressing) in a way that made the perp. encouraged–which is not true! The victim’s blaming process may result, from my knowledge, doubting themselves; believing they encourage it; hating themselves for not stopping it; etc.
It’s, 100% important to remember that the victim is not, and never is, to blame. If the victim confessed to someone that they knew would listen and/or that they trusted, please, do not blame them and remember they never asked for it and never is to blame. The perpetrator is to blame, and needs to be behind bars.
Nation Sexual assault (violence) Hotline.
If you, or anyone you know, is/has been a victim of any sexual violence. Have them, or you, call/chat this hotline.
Call|| (800) 656-HOPE 
Chat|| Chat in-line at online.rainn.org.
Let’s reduce the victims of sexual violence! And put the perps behind bars!
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