Sunday 20 December 2015

It is time to raise your Voice

#KnowYourRights! Rape, acquaintance rape and other sexual offenses are punishable crimes.Rape survivors, unlike victims of other crimes are often reluctant to report assaults to the police or other authorities. They often fear they will be blamed or disbelieved. Deciding whether to report the crime can be a very difficult decision.Victims of sexual assault should be encouraged to come forward and report the crime.Victims feel that it was a private matter and finding another way to deal with the incident is one of the main reasons for not reporting the crime.There’s a fear of stigma and shame or sometimes there’s a shroud of secrecy for people so they don’t want to come forward. These are the topmost reasons. We have to overcome these obstacles and mental & physical agony. The only way that we can overcome these is to inculcate more trust and confidence in the various systems that are in place. It is important that the victims know of the support system available to them. Many girls commit suicide after allegedly being raped because of the pressures sexual assault victims face in society. It is shameful. We have to educate young people
about the crime and the stereotypes surrounding sexual violence. It is really important that we engage our youth and create some fundamentally positive opinions. It is time to questions and challenge some stereotypes that are oppressive and suppress the rights and freedom of every girl and women out there. It is important to talk about these issues and to move forward on not only preventing sexual violence but also to stopping it. Girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 are the most likely victims of sexual assault. There are many reasons but the 3 reasons why I think it is important to encourage reporting sexual violence are:

1 They may need medical attention, including for internal injuries that are not readily apparent. One should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases and for pregnancy. Law enforcement officials can help a victim access medical assistance. If the victim delays reporting, physical evidence may become unusable.

2 Even if criminal charges are not filed, reporting the crime provides law enforcement personnel with important information, including a description of the assailant and the method of committing the crime. Such information may be helpful in solving other cases. Rapists are often repeat offenders. Reporting may help authorities identify a pattern in a rapist's behavior.

3 Reporting a sexual assault is an active way of regaining control. It is a healthy way to channel anger and to appropriately place responsibility of the offense on the perpetrator of the crime. Reporting an assault does not commit a victim to pressing charges or to prosecuting the assailant. However, promptly reporting an assault helps create the strongest case possible in the event that you decide to pursue criminal charges

The aim of all these efforts is to foster individual growth in a climate of civilized action rather than brute force and violence. No form of sexual violence will be tolerated or condoned.

“I’m writing this blog post to support Amnesty International’s #KnowYourRights campaign at BlogAdda. You can also contribute to the cause by donating or spreading the word.”

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