Sexual assault is defined as any unwanted sexual act including forced sexual contact and sexual touching. Women always have the right to say no to any sexual involvement. Rape is defined as sexual intercourse without the consent of both parties.
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Intrigued, she began to investigate: Was sexual violence against men more common than previously thought? The inquiry was a timely one. But the same conversation needs to happen for men. Other men? In what proportions? Under what circumstances? Once again, federal survey data challenged conventional wisdom. Taken as a whole, the reports we examine document surprisingly significant prevalence of female-perpetrated sexual victimization, mostly against men and occasionally against women. The authors first present what they learned from the The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey , an ongoing, nationally representative survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that measures both lifetime victimization and victimization within the 12 months prior to questioning. It found that over their lifetime, women were vastly more likely to experience abuse perpetrated by men, as were male victims who were penetrated without their consent.
The Atlantic Crossword
Two recent events in US embassies in distant parts of the world required us to confront the issue of sexual violence. On Feb. Despite the transnational dimensions of each story, reporting framed both events in respective national contexts. Reporting on India, CNN emphasized the rising rates of sexual violence in the country and noted that in more than 32, rapes were reported. In its story on the issue in Spain, the BBC reported that rates of sexual assault had been on the rise for five years. Coverage of rape and sexual violence that neglects the global context of gender-based violence invites readers to imagine this international phenomenon as a distant one, the purview of other societies. Reporting that limits the context of gender-based violence to a national space undermines efforts to raise awareness about this issue internationally—and potentially bars us from finding solutions that address the global dynamics from which this epidemic ultimately arises. Further, the overall picture that emerges from international media coverage is that rape and sexual violence is the purview of the Global South, where these crimes are a systemic issue. Meanwhile in the Global North, sexual violence is portrayed as an aberration, and its rising incidence explained as a byproduct of advancements in data collection and reporting. The scale of the global problem of gender-based violence is clear: the United Nations reports that worldwide approximately15 million girls aged have experienced forced sex.
Women and children of all ages and backgrounds experience sexual assault. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Those who do, can have very negative experiences of the legal system, and can also experience a lack of understanding from family and friends who are not sure how to best support them.