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Sexual Violence at Schools and Colleges

Schools and colleges are the places where a child learns the etiquette and ethics of life. But the same school life has become an apprehension and threat for many students. For a long time now, cases of sexual assaults on the school premises have been reported. Sometimes the area of assault is school buses, other times it is school classes. While sometimes the perpetrator is a fellow school student, at other times, it is the history teacher. A child is not safe even in the tender years of life.... Read More

5 Reasons Why People Continue With Their Violent Partners

We often say things like you should leave her/him, you should not be in this abusive relationship, you should report domestic violence, etc. when we hear of any cases of Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence. However, we still find people continuing with their abusive relationships. According to a CDC survey, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner. What makes people stay in their abusive relationships is questionable. In this article, let... Read More

Can Sexual Education Help Us Prevent Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is a prevalent concern in our society. It has become so common that people have accepted the heinous crime. In fact, many believe that it is inevitable and call it a Rape Culture. Using euphemisms, victim-blaming, and joking about sexual violence are the reasons that put people under the constant threat of being sexually assaulted. The major concern is that despite the detrimental impacts it creates on the victims, we hardly want to think about the ways that can help relieve... Read More

Warning Signs That Your Child Might Be a Victim Of Sexual Abuse

Studies show that children are more vulnerable to experiencing sexual violence than anyone else. Many times, they do not understand the gravity of the crime that they experience and choose not to share it with their parents. The US Department of Health and Human Services' Children Bureau, in its Child Maltreatment report of 2010 found out that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted. Furthermore, the Director of the Children Research Center, David Finkelhor through his studies has... Read More

Corrective Rape: Societal Flaws to Address

CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reported that sexual minorities face equal or higher rates of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) than heterosexuals. Often we talk about sexual violence, but somehow, we forget to address the higher risks that people belonging to the LGBT community face all across the world purely for their sexual orientation. 40% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women face rape, physical violence, stalking, and other crimes from an intimate partner... Read More

Teen Dating Violence - An Overview

We are all that our childhood experiences have led us to be. As teenagers, our relationships tend to influence us drastically. Although the dating experience in our teenage years is the most memorable, for some children it becomes a lifetime trauma to live with. Roughly 1.5 million high school teenagers in the U.S. have been physically abused in a single year by their loving partners. And, around 33% of sexual violence victims are victims of teen dating.What is Teen Dating Violence?Teen dating... Read More

Can Social Media Be Used For Sexual Violence Prevention?

Technology has advanced enormously in the past few years, and with it, social media too has gained excessive importance among people. Apart from sharing the fun hours of the day with the followers, it has also been widely used by organizations and governments to create awareness of specific concerns of society.Being a part of a world where social media can actually be one of the reasons for increased sexual violence among teens and children, is it possible that it could be utilized for raising... Read More

Who Are Pedophiles and Why Do They Assault Children?

We live in a world where rape culture is continuously being normalized and sexual assaults are trivialized by using them as 'memes' to laugh upon. We are failing as a society where no one is safe. About 40% of the women in the US and 20% of the American men have experienced sexual violence, according to the studies. Sexual violence ruins the life of an innocent individual. It leaves a scar that cannot be wiped off ever.In such an unsafe world, children are the most vulnerable ones who are at a... Read More

Marital Rape - Everything You Must Know About It

If you think sexual violence takes place only between strangers, then you are wrong. In the US, 10-14% of married women experience rape from their husbands. Furthermore, about one-third of women report having 'unwanted sex' with their partners. So, what exactly is marital rape? Simply put, marital rape or spousal rape is forced sexual intercourse without the partner's consent. Consent is the primary element to be considered to call an act of marital rape, even though there is no violence... Read More

Can Child Sexual Abuse lead to schizophrenia?

Studies suggest that incidents of sexual abuse can increase the vulnerability of survivors to mental health conditions like schizophrenia. Throughout the years, research has demonstrated the strong relationship between schizophrenia and child sexual abuse. Males who have gone through some kind of sexual abuse are said to be 1.3 times, and females with sexual abuse experiences are 1.5 times more likely to develop symptoms of schizophrenia than the general public.Exposure to sexual abuse gives... Read More

5 Parent Factors that Can Increase the Risk of Child Abuse

Child sexual abuse affects children with detrimental effects on their mental and physical health. The survivors of child sexual assault are 4 times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse and PTSD as adults, as per RAINN's statistics. Furthermore, 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under 18 years of age experience sexual assault. Although child sexual abuse can happen to any child, several factors can increase the risk of the crime, and the parent factor is one such in the list.... Read More

Understanding Child Grooming

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline recorded 21.7 million suspected cases of child sexual exploitation in the year 2020. Out of the total reports received, 21.4 million of them were solely from electronic service providers. Ongoing through the cases closely, the organization found out that there was a sudden surge in online enticement among the children where someone, with the help of the internet, grooms a child intending to commit a sexual crime against... Read More

Is Social Media Leading to a Rise in Sexual Harassment Cases?

In a technologically advancing world, social media has gained immense importance in the past few years. When we talk about social media, we refer to platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, and others. Being communication tools, these platforms can be utilized for various purposes like finding new and old friends, attracting new clients towards businesses, etc. In today's evolving conditions, social media unites two far-ends of the same globe. Finding people online has... Read More

How to protect your child from sexual victimization?

Child victimization refers to different forms of violence experienced by children. It can be of several forms and can lead to adverse mental as well as physical effects on their health. It includes sexual molestation among children but is not necessarily, restricted to abuse. Other forms of child victimization include sexting, grooming, and cyberbullying. Children with victimization experience in the past are more vulnerable to facing it in the future than the ones who have not encountered... Read More

Child Sexual Abuse: A Few Important Things To Know

According to the Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute, around 95% of total sexual abuse cases can be prevented by education and awareness in society. On the other hand, the National Sex Offenders Registry expects a typical pedophile to commit 117 sexual assaults throughout his life. The statistics are surprising and mind-boggling. However, there still exists a huge American population that falls behind when we talk about having relevant knowledge regarding the subject. Any... Read More

Relationship between Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse

As per various reports, sexual violence is considered one of the major global health problems affecting all sections of society. In the USA, 1.9% of women report rape or attempted rape before the age of 12 years. The threat is not just restricted to females and children but also males of different ages and races suffer from sexual violence. About 4% to 76% of males aged 18 years or younger experience sexual assault depending on the definition. Every individual reacts differently after... Read More

Are Native American Women at a Higher Risk of Getting Sexually Assaulted in the US?

Experiencing sexual violence is that dark memory that no survivor can ever obliterate from his or her mind. According to RAINN statistics, every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. It is true that sexual violence affects millions of people in America. However, the violence against indigenous women is much higher in the US.The National Institute of Justice Research Report of May 2016 suggests that more than 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence... Read More

What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and How to Prevent It?

Talking about sexual violence, a victim is not only abused outside the boundaries of his/her home. On the contrary, for most people, their homes and their partners become the biggest sexual threat for them. In the US, nearly 20 people are physically assaulted by an intimate partner. In addition to that, it is surprising to note that 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. And, in 19% of domestic violence cases, the partner uses a weapon to assault the victim.The statistics are not... Read More

Psychological Effects of Experiencing Sexual Abuse

The alarming rates of sexual violence all across the world are not just scary or sad, but also require our attention to prevent violence and harassment against different sections of society. Sexual assault is forced sexual contact with any person that can have adverse effects on the physical health of any person. However, despite surviving the violence, victims also face emotional, psychological, and mental effects on their health. As per research by the Medical University of South Carolina,... Read More

PTSD in Sexual Assault Survivors: Effective Ways to Treat the Trauma

Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, or PTSD, develops among people who have gone through a tragic event in their life. Almost everyone goes through something traumatic at least once in their lifetime. However, people usually get better with time. In the case of people going through PTSD, the trauma continues to happen over and over again in their minds even though it has already gotten over.What is trauma? Trauma is a horrific experience that has taken place in a person's life. It differs from... Read More

How Covid 19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in sexual violence

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Covid-19 as a global pandemic. Important measures were taken and continuous efforts were being made to control the widespread of the epidemic. Worldwide lockdowns were considered crucial to managing the outbreak of the disease. Since the spread of the novel coronavirus, there have been several changes that people have experienced. One of the most common measures apart from social distancing, hand-sanitizing, and wearing of... Read More

Ways to show support to a victim of sexual assault

According to NISVS 2010 summary report, more than 18% of women and 1.4% of men have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives in the United States. More than 50% of the female victims reported their perpetrators as someone intimate or an acquaintance. On the other hand, precisely 52.4% of the male victims reported being raped by a known person. As a sexually assaulted person, it requires courage to come out to people and explain what happened. But when a loved one gathers... Read More