Sexual Assault And Sexual Abuse Essay

1717 Words Nov 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. According to the NCVS (National Crime Victimization Survey), there is an average of 294,000 (12 years old and over) reported victims every year (Gaiman). Only 30% of sexual assault cases are reported (“Facts and Statistics”). Sexual assault can be detrimental to anybody’s mental, physical, and emotional stability. Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is forcing undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or molester. The motive is rarely sexual; it is intended to abuse, humiliate, and dehumanize the victim. The bruises will fade, but the mental abuse will always remain. Sexual abuse is a major concern of society because the physical and mental harm endured by an individual is extremely destructive with effects that can be long lasting.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. There are many different causes for someone to become a sexual offender, and there are many “triggers” that could set off a sexual offender. “They are opportunists, who lack feelings for another and who have an antisocial personality disorder”…

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