Uniform Crime Report

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A violent crime is committed every 26.3 seconds in the United States of America. Among these vicious crime is the crime of rape, which is committed every 4.1 seconds (2015 Crime Clock Statistics, 2015). The revised definition of rape is “includes either male or female victims or offenders; includes instances in which the victim is incapable of giving consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity, (e.g., due to the influence of drugs or alcohol or because of age); reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be Rape” (Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, 2013). Sadly, younger people are at the highest risk of sexual violence. “Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population …show more content…

The first two weeks following the rape are the hardest for the victims to deal with. 94 percent of victims will experience post-traumatic stress disorder, 70 percent of victims experience moderate to severe distress, 33 percent of victims (majority being women) contemplate suicide, and 13 percent of victims (mainly women) actually attempt suicide (Sexual Violence Affects Millions of Americans, 2016). Victims of sexual assault are more likely to use drugs than the general public. They are “3.4 times more likely to use marijuana, 6 times more likely to use cocaine, and 10 times more likely to use other major drugs” (Sexual Violence Affects Millions of Americans, …show more content…

Communication is key. We must be patient and empathetic, reminding him/he that they did whatever they needed to do in order to survive. Never blame the survivor no matter what because they are the victim in the situation. Lastly, we need to discuss how to engage in healthy relationships. We need to let the victims know that they cannot let this unfortunate event take over their lives. The support system must be pro-active in discussing the difference between an abusive and a respectful relationship (Sexual Assault of Men and Boys, 2016). This needs to be done to eliminate any future relationship violence. In conclusion, teenage rape is a serious crime that affects thousands every year. It is violent, horrific, and wrong but it does not have to take over your life. Speak out, get support, get justice, and let the healing

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