According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey, there is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. Dealing with sexual harassment and assault is challenging because rarely do people open up and talk about it and/or report it to the authorities. In fact, the National Crime Victimization Survey shows that 60% of sexual assault crimes are unreported.
Apps such as Whisper give people a platform and anonymity so they can freely tell their secrets. Here are some of the Whispers that we found about sexual harassment and assault and the facts behind them.
The National Crime Victimization Survey also showed that approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim and 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
In 2013, there were 7,256 complaints of sexual harassment made to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: 82 percent filed by women and 18 percent filed by men.
According to a study by HuffPost and YouGov, 70 percent of people who had been sexually harassed in the workplace say they didn’t report it.
If a person sends you an unwanted picture of his genitals, you can press charges on the individual. However, earlier this year a Georgia court ruling dismissed an obscenity case because the 1970 law did not include electronic obscenities– just tangible. Read the full article by the BBC here.
A poll by AAUW Educational Foundation shows that 62 percent of college students reported to be sexually harassed and 66 percent reported to know someone who had been sexually harassed.
According to an AP report,the majority of military sexual assault cases (as many as 22,000 in 2012) go unreported by the victim.
In the article, “The Mental Health Impact of Rape” Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D writes that almost one-third (31%) of all rape victims developed PTSD sometime during their lifetime; and more than one in ten rape victims (11%) still has PTSD today.
The best way to stop sexual harassment and assault is by talking about it. Want to be part of the conversation? Share your stories with us! Also, make sure to read what people have been telling us so far.