The Pros And Cons Of Sexual Assault

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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, …show more content…
A rapist uses violence or the threat of violence to take control over another human being” (“What Is Rape?”) Sexual offenders could have a normal life, but in their work life, they could feel belittled, or even in their home life they can feel unimportant. Some feel the need to commit this crime in order to gain control over an innocent person. This control and dominance is what they crave, and they will do anything to satisfy their craving. Over the past 5 years, only 68% of rapes are reported to the police (Sebold). Not all victims of sexual assault will report their assault to the police. Many of them feel afraid, ashamed, angry, sad, lonely, or betrayed. This might even cause them to go into depression, which can result in self-harm or even lead to extreme measures such as …show more content…
Approximately, one in every four college aged women are date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years. 84% of women who have been raped knew their attackers. Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group (Date Rape). The most common way someone ingests a date rape drug is through either their food or their drink. 55% of female students and 75% of male students involved in acquaintance rape admit to having been drinking or using drugs when the incident occurred. Some date rape drugs include GHB or gamma hydroxybutyrate, a central nervous system sedative often referred to by another name such as “Grievous Bodily Harm” and “Liquid Ecstasy.” This drug can induce drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness, seizures, severe respiratory depression, and coma. Overdose of GHB can occur quickly and can be fatal. Another drug commonly used is Rohypnol, also called “Roofies.” Rohypnol is a powerful sedative that is not legal for prescription in the US and even having it in your possession, you could be charged with intent to commit crime. Rohypnol causes the user to feel intoxicated; they may have slurred speech, impaired judgement, and difficulty walking. The effects are often felt in 10 minutes of the first dosage and could last up to eight hours. Rohypnol can cause many issues including deep sedation, respiratory distress, and blackouts

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