by Kevin Caruso
The vast majority of women who are raped do not report the rape to the police.
According to an extensive national survey of American women conducted by the National Victim Center in 1992, only 1 in 6 women who are raped report the crime to authorities.
That is an alarmingly low percentage.
Rape is highly unreported because of several reasons: rape is extremely traumatic, the judicial process can be extremely painful and oftentimes unfair to the rape victim, the rapist is oftentimes someone the victim knows, and many of the victims of rape are very young -- sometimes they are children.
Yet rape is an extremely common crime. According to “Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against women,” a 1998 Department of Justice Report,
1 in 6 women experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes.
So, 1 out of 6 women are the victim of rape or attempted rape, and of those women, only 1 in 6 report the crime.
Most of the females who are raped are young.
In “Rape in America,” a 1992 survey and report by the National Victim Center, 83.8 percent of women who were raped were under 25 at the time of the rape, and 61.6 percent of the women who were raped were under 18 at the time of the rape.
And the most shocking and sickening aspect of the report was this:
Almost 30 percent of the females who were raped were under that age of 10 at the time of the rape.
Sadly, the violent, sick, evil crime of child rape is very common.
And another sad fact about rape is that most women are raped by someone they know and trust: a family member, a relative, a friend, a boyfriend or an acquaintance.
In a 1995 report by the Department of Justice, 82 percent of rape victims were victimized by someone they knew.
Is it any wonder why the precious angels who suffer the horrible crime of rape oftentimes do not report it?
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, please call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
For further assistance, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: