There are many misconceptions about rape in our society today. These delusions are not only harmful, but they also allow ignorance to put people in harms way. Here are some facts about rape that everyone should be aware of.
Fact: Over 13,000 women are raped in their workplace.
Fact: Every six minutes, another person in the United States is raped.
Fact: Four out of every five women, who are raped, know their attackers.
Fact: If force of any kind is involved, it is considered rape.
Fact: Husbands and boyfriends are capable of rape.
Fact: Only 16 percent of rapes are reported.
Fact: Men and children can also be victims of rape.
Fact: No one deserves or “asks for it.”
Rape can cause serious psychological damage. Many rape victims suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some rapes even push people to commit suicide.
Fiction: He bought you a lobster dinner, so now you owe him.
Fiction: She dresses that way, so she wants it.
Fiction: You can’t get raped in a public place, such as work or school.
Fiction: If you were raped, you are dirty.
Fiction: If you tell people that you were raped, you will lose respect.
Date Rape is a serious problem in the United States, especially on college campuses. Sadly, only five percent of date rapes are reported. The majority of victims are between the ages of 15-25.
The drug Rohypnol (better known as rufies or the date rape drug) is often used in date rapes. Rohypnol causes victims to lose consciousness. As a result, they are unable to defend themselves against a possible threat.
If you have been a victim of rape, the best thing you can do is to come forward so your attacker can be caught. Don’t let the horrible crime happen to anyone else. Rape can destroy lives.
Tuttleman offers counseling services that are available for rape victims. Call (215)-204-7276 for more information.