Sexual Violence In The Caribbean

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Sexual Violence Sexual violence is an issue that affects countless amounts of people all over the world. It plagues people of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and backgrounds. “Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Online). The act of sexual violence is associated with a long list of public health concerns, including diseases, unwanted pregnancy, physical trauma, mental and emotional suffering, and death. Sexual violence includes and is not limited to, penetration, drugging someone for sexual gains, misuse of authority for sexual gains, peer pressure, unwanted sexual contact, and any other non-contact sexual experience. One of the most common and well-known form of sexual violence is rape. Rape is defined as “the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will” (English Oxford Living Dictionary, Online). Sexual violence can also include domestic violence. Sexual violence has been plaguing the Bahamas for years. In 1995, “sexual offences, particularly those involving women under 16 years, have police in Grand Bahama worried” (Thurston, 1). In 2007, with 133 rapes per 100,000 people, the Bahamas was reported to have one of the highest amounts of rapes per capita in the Caribbean (UN Women, Online). I believe that sexual violence is an appalling crime to commit and persons who

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