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03 February 2013 @ 11:29 pm
Day 4 - Women and Sexual Assault  
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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.


TW Rape, TW Sexual Assault

The numbers for rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault are staggering, with an estimated 1 in 6 women reporting a rape or attempted rape. The numbers break down differently for various populations, with WOC reporting higher numbers than white women. The statistics for  trans women are hard to come by with any accuracy, but preliminary studies indicate rape and sexual assault against them to be fueled by  gender bias, anti-homosexuality, and misogyny.

But we all know that the numbers are misleading. Statistics are based on reported incidents, and rape and sexual assault are notoriously underreported, especially in populations who have poor trust in or relationships with authorities. As well, confusion and lack of consensus on how to define sexual assault on the parts of survivors, authorities and researchers means that getting even anecdotal numbers on the prevalence of sexual assault is difficult.

Education, most of can agree on, is paramount learning what sexual assault is, learning the full definition of consent, and understanding that our efforts need to be less targeted towards women practicing self-protection and more on teaching men—the majority perpetrators—not to attempt rape or sexual assault.

RAINN works in the areas of policy and education to bring truth and support to the public regarding sexual assault and rape.
daybreak777: blue valentinesdaybreak777 on February 4th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
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Arsenic Jade: fall's gonna comearsenicjade on February 4th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Title: Touch of Air
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: BDB/Autumn
Rating: PG
Summary: Now that she's on earth for good, Autumn's got some settling to do.

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