It is 2017 and the subjects of rape, sexual assault are yet still prominent in our society, another year goes by and proper justice has yet to surface for the victims of these crimes.
The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is an informative website that provides information and up to date statistics on the topics of rape, abuse, violence and incest. According to their website, the term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include: Attempted rape. Fondling or unwanted sexual touching. It is also the penetration of the victim’s body, which is commonly known as rape. (RAINN, 2017)
Although a touchy subject, it is one that reigns in many college campuses as well as in the workplace and domestic homes.
Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.
Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. (RAINN, 2017)
There are a vast number of victims who must suffer mental trauma from the crimes of sexual violence. To get insight on the matter, reporter Gracia Mboko connected with Dr. Vietta (Sue) Wilson, retired sports psychologist for the Canadian Olympic team.
Mboko gathers from Dr.Wilson that sexual assault tends to be present in close personal relationships between the victim and the perpetrator.
“Sexual assault is a very difficult topic to discuss for many, from my area of expertise and client’s I’ve worked with, the acts are detrimental to the performance and personal health of the victims.” Dr.Wilson addresses. “You can’t undo the experience, and it takes bravery to speak to someone about it”.
Dr.Wilson’s role is to assist the athletes to better their sports performance. Through the established trust her clients are open to share any other issues they may be going through and use Dr. Wilson as a outlet to seek further aid and assistance.
With regards to college athletics, campuses or the workplace a different approach to tackling the problem and delivering justice to the victims must be made.
Razan Hawwa is a Business Economics Student at McMaster University, who was asked her thoughts on the issue.
She explains, “ Sexual assault should be everyone’s problem, and schools shouldn’t try to cover these crimes up or minimize the issue. I know girls who have been sexually assaulted and words cannot describe how bad I feel for them,” she adds “I could be next”.
The big question here is when will colleges start taking a different approach or doing more to minimize the potential risks of sexual assault and rape on their campuses.
Hawwa adds her final statement “ A friend of mine went to report an assault to our campus police, and throughout the investigation process the questions they would ask her were “ What were you wearing, were you drunk, did you say no? It’s sad that as women we are asking for it because we aren’t careful, something needs to change.”
Mboko then connected with student athlete Simon Levy from Ferris State University to gain a college male’s point of view on the matter.There have been numerous cases where there hasn’t been an adequate sentence for how severe sexual assault is in itself. Some downplay the issue or turn and make jokes about it, but it is a serious problem, especially on college campuses, where the perpetrators take advantage of the victims prior to the assaults.
Levy exclaims “I feel bad for the people out there who get sexually assaulted at work, and live in fear of losing their jobs if they tell someone about it. I’m also tired of seeing news stories of yet another teenage boy getting charges dropped and serving a lesser sentence on a rape or sexual assault case.”
Levy then adds that “ The best part of this is and I am being a little sarcastic or overplaying the matter but this is real life, and the stats are only the one’s we hear about, what about the people who haven’t spoken up?
Through information Levy has gathered and from what he’s read and seen on the news, he continues to explain ” The best case scenarios tend to happen to the Caucasian perpetrators, there are more severe consequences delivered to people of color. Unfortunately that is how our society works, I really hope to see change.”
On a positive aspect through data generated from national statistics as well as RAINN, the stats are improving for tackling this issue. People are becoming educated on the matter, and about solving and preventative methods to prevent more victims from being subject to acts of rape, sexual assault and violence. Academic institutions are also making their efforts by incorporating programs, and help lines, and adjusting their consequences to those who are guilty of committing these crimes.
Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Issue !
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National Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved July 15, 2017, from http://www.rrsonline.org/?page_id=944
RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. (n.d.). Retrieved Jul 14, 2017 from https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims