Rape, Assault, and the Damage to Individuals and our Society
1. 36% of family members that have experienced criminal homicide become more careful about their personal safety.
2. 74.7% of people who have had experience with alcohol related vehicular death also admit to taking extra precautions to protect themselves from crime.
3. 11.7% of victims choose to begin carrying a gun
“Predatory assailants, not victims, cause assaults, irrespective of any risk factors the victims might possess.”
“...Studies show that all victim's behaviors are of lesser significance than offender characteristics in determining the outcome of sexual assault...”
It feel pretty conflicting to realize not only how common rape and assault are in our communities, county and the world overall, but to also learn how much these acts cause such long term harm not only to the individuals affected but also to our society as a whole was pretty challenging for me. I hear the terms rape culture and see the way people of both genders react when talking about cases of rape or sexual assault. But to see a brief view of the ripples that these acts are causing across the society I live in is staggering. Even if all assaults both sexual and physical ended today and never happened again in America... it would be generations (if ever) before our society recovered because of the damage caused in the past. I wonder how many of my reactions are involuntary based on my past. I wonder how as people modify their actions and behaviors that we model for the future generations, if we can ever really lose those behaviors.
What are your thoughts?