Essay on Rape : A Victim Of Sexual Assault

1429 Words Dec 16th, 2016 6 Pages
People believe that they could never be a victim of sexual assault, but that just is not reality in today’s society. One in every five women have been a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime, and 1.6 million men will also be victims. However, many victims are unable to get the justice they need in pursuing a case such as rape because out of every 1,000 cases, 994 of the perpetrators will walk free (“Statistics”). This means that the United States has thousands of sexual assault criminals walking around the streets, not mentioning the possibility of them attacking again. However, rape does not just stop after the act is done; it lives on in the victim’s brain for the rest of their life. This impacts everything they do on a daily basis, and many will suffer from temporary or permanent physical damages and mental disorders. One-third of all rape victims will suffer from rape-related PTSD at some point in their lifetime and one in ten will still have it today. Rape victims are also 4.1 times more likely to contemplate suicide and are 13 times more likely to have attempted it than non-victims (Kilpatrick). Do these criminals deserve to get away with their crimes? Brock Turner, for example, was convicted of three felony charges of sexual assault on an unconscious woman behind a dumpster earlier this year. His maximum sentence was 14 years, but he was punished to six months in the county jail and three years of probation. However, he was released after just three months of…

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