29 Aug 2014
Sexual abuse is a difficult subject to broach, address, and discuss. It’s extremely difficult to recover from. Survivors need resources, respect, and real healing.
Sunday is your chance to make a difference. Your chance to donate to two facilities that help victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault find justice, healing, and recovery. And they’re not just any foundations – they are right here in our community. Right next door, down the street, around the corner. These two facilities are exactly the ones you would visit if you are a survivor. If your child is a survivor. If your mom is a survivor. The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center and Zacharias Center serve our Lake County survivors, young and old, and they need your help. Why? Here are some statistics on Sexual Abuse/Assault to answer that question.
National Statistics about Sexual Assault
- 1 out of every 6 American adult women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
- About 3% of American adult men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
- 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
- 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.
- 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
- 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
- 34.2% of attackers were family members.
- 58.7% were acquaintances.
- Only 7% of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.
- Nearly 50% of all victims of forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling are children under 12.
- Victims of sexual assault are:
- 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
- 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
- 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
- 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
- 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide
- Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% still being left unreported.
- Males are least likely to report a sexual assault, though they make up 10 percent of all victims.
- While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.
(courtesy of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center)
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