The Echoes of the Mind (143-2) Sexual Violence continued 1


Threats to women, including sexual assault and rape, most often come not from strangers, but from men with whom they are familiar, particularly romantic partners. Male aggression toward women typically takes sexual form.

Rape is an unchecked epidemic throughout the world, with notable examples being India, Pakistan, the United States, and Britain. In most countries, a victim seeking justice is more likely to be blamed than helped.

In India, with a population of 1.2 billion, a rape occurs every 20 minutes. Gang rape is a popular sport among young Hindu men.

A woman living in the United States or Britain has a 1-in-3 chance of being sexually assaulted. At least 20% of females living in these countries are raped sometime during their lives.

There is practically no recourse to hold rapists to justice. The police, who are charged with protecting the vulnerable, are instead frequently sexual predators. Over 99% of the rapes in the US go unpunished. College campuses routinely ignore the rape epidemic, as do the police and public prosecutors.

Sexual harassment of students by staff members has reached epidemic levels in British universities. Most universities have no effective mechanism to stop staff from pressuring students into sexual relationships, and when it happens, any sort of disciplinary action is pretty much nonexistent. ~ American attorney and English solicitor Ann Olivarius

American female Olympic gymnasts were repeatedly sexually abused for 2 decades with no action taken. One 14-year-old was forced into various sex acts on a daily basis.

I was told to be quiet. When somebody in power is telling you to be quiet, right when they realized you are abused, I think that that is a threat. Their priority is their reputation, the medals they win and the money they make off of us. ~ American gymnast Aly Raisman on the reaction by the USA Gymnastics Association when informed of sexually abusive practices by a coach