3: In the United States there are over 207,975 sexual assaults each year. Many of these cases go unreported, over 54% of victims will be silent. The reason victims will keep silent is that they are unsure of what qualifies as a sexual assault, they are ashamed or they know the assailant. I think that this relates to the conflict theory. The conflict theory believes that power and wealth take precedence over values. 38% of victims know the person that attacked them. People who know their assailants feel that they cannot come forward because their assailant has “power” over them. They feel ashamed of what has happened to them and that people will look down at them. This all relates back to conflict theory because of the power over the victim.
5: There are many myths pertaining to sexual assault. Men think they cannot be sexually assaulted, but 1 in 6 sexual assaults are men or boys. Sexual assault does not occur due to an uncontrollable sexual urge, humans can control their urges. Most assaults happen due to hostility, power and control. Most sexual assaults actually occur in a place where the victim takes place not in the dark alleys. People are uneducated in how assaults occur and what constitutes as an assault.
7: Educating not only women, but men as well would help more cases get reported and keep the assailants off of the streets. One of the biggest myths is that if you did not fight back then it is not an assault. If someone forces you to do a sexual act this is an assault. Victims who do come forward are often judged by others if they did not fight back. There are many reasons a victim does not fight back; fear and the size of the assailant are main reasons. The fear is what keeps these assailants on the street. The victims fear retaliation from the assailant and fear of what the public will say and do to them. Only 3% of the assailants spend a night in a jail cell.
8: "Education is the key to eliminate" I believe that education is the most important thing to not only bring the sexual assault numbers down, but also put the assailants behind bars. The education I have received on sexual assaults mainly taught me how to prevent an attack from unknown assailant in a dark alley. This kind of education is not enough. Throughout college I have heard friends cry over boyfriends being too physical, not knowing what happened to them at a party or questioning if a situation was appropriate or not.
9: These conversations should not happen. Men and women should not be questioning if a situation was an assault. We should be educating people on what constitutes as an assault. People should be educated that it is often not the creepy neighbor or a hooded assailant at night. People need to realize the assailants are often someone we trust and it often occurs in a place that we feel safe. We should also be stressing to victims that they need to report situations not only so they can feel safe again , but so their assailant cannot continue to find more victims.