16 Days of Gender Violence Awareness: Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
This is an astonishing statistic to me. I can only imagine how this trauma must impact the women in our lives. I suspect many have suffered and continue to suffer in silence. Many are probably unaware that other victims of rape are all around them.
Victims of sexual assault are:
3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
How are we as communities of faith actively responding to this crisis? Are we talking about it from the pulpit? Sharing local resources for survivors in a way that respects their confidentiality (perhaps in the women's restroom)? Do we challenge the men in our faith community to refuse to be a part of a culture that objectifies women? Are we actively teaching our young people about healthy relationships? Do we talk with our graduating seniors about the dangers of sexual assault on campus and how to take steps protect themselves at college?
These are just some of the ways I think our churches, clergy, and fellow Episcopalians should be addressing the crisis of rape in our society. It's time to put an end to this.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. This is unacceptable.
For more information: RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network