Running for a Reason

Normally I publish a blog series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but this year with everyone’s news feed already flooded with Covid’s depressing statistics I decided to take a blog break and do this instead.

Today I ran a virtual socially distanced 5k in support of bringing awareness to the overwhelming problem of sexual violence.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
  • In the United States 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance.
  • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
  • 49.5% of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male
  • In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator.
  • 8% of rapes occur while the victim is at work.

The problem of sexual violence runs rampant, and yet rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Of the remaining 37% reported less than 10% are found to be false. The facts are clear, and still the culture that would rather victims of sexually based crimes remain silent prevails.

I am 1 in 5.

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