Shocking Rape Statistics: 50% of Sexual Assault Perps Blame Victim

By Maggie Freleng
 

The biggest perpetrators of sexual assault among young adults? White kids from higher income families. The shocking part? Overall, one in 10 young Americans has committed an act of sexual violence.

A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, surveying 1,058 teenagers and young adults, ages 14 to 21, dissects the demographics and consequences of sexual assault among young people. The results are startling.

Most perpetrators committed their first act of sexual violence at age 16 and in every case the perpetrator knew the victim.

In 66 percent of cases, no one found out about the incident.

Guilting a person into sex was the most common method of assault, with 63 percent using this tactic. Thirty-two percent pressured a person into sex, 15 percent used alcohol, 8 percent used physical force, and 5 percent threatened force.

Twenty-nine percent of perpetrators who were found out faced no consequences.

The most dismal part: 50 percent felt that their victim was “completely” responsible.

Among other things, this study is evidence--evidence that as a society we need to teach our children at a younger age about sexual assault, victim-blaming, and rape culture.

As parents, teachers, friends, and mentors if we do not teach our youth then there will be no hope for the next generation and we will have failed them. When Steubenvilles and Occidentals become commonplace in society, we have failed. This study proves that.

 

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