American Sexual Assault Essay

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Law Enforcement: The American approach on sexual assault

There are a variety of causes to support and a variety of topics to persuade people on. From assisting in ending world hunger, to switching phone companies, to changing policies, the choices vary. However, some topics are not as light hearted as choosing what to eat for lunch. For some, this seems blatantly clear. However, others may need more convincing. Sexual assault is no laughing matter. Every ninety-eight seconds, an American citizen is sexually assaulted. On average, there are 321,500 victims of sexual assault and rape that are at least twelve years of age each year in America. Which is why America should have stricter punishments on sexual assault for the following …show more content…

Sexual assault is a basic violation of human rights involving perpetrators that still typically get their allotted sentence reduced with next to no punishment. As a result, victims are discouraged from reporting their assault. Out of every sexual assault charge, only six in every one-thousand rapist will be successfully prosecuted. One out of every six American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime with 14.8 percent completed, and 2.8 percent attempted. About three percent of American men, or one in thirty-three have experienced an attempted or completed rape at some point in their …show more content…

With the emotional, physical, and psychological effects, survivors can develop Post-traumatic stress disorder, suffer from flashbacks, depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, harm themselves, and even attempt or commit suicide. According to Suicide Preventions, Awareness, and Support, thirty-three percent of victims will have thought of suicide, and thirteen percent of victims will attempt suicide. Friends, family, relatives and Law enforcement should treat this with as much care as possible. Checking in with the victim periodically, listening to them without judgement, and becoming familiar with resources to provide victims if they decide to report their

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