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Everything You Need to Know About Sexual Assault

In today’s social and political climate, the discussion surrounding sexual assault is as important now as it’s ever been. From acts you may not have realized were sexual assault, to knowing how certain crimes are defined, there’s a whole host of information you should understand. For this reason, it’s important to have your facts straight. Sexual assault is undoubtedly a sensitive subject, but certainly one worth discussing. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds

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Lying down and sad Someone is the victim of sexual assault every 98 seconds. | iStock.com/Marjan_Apostolovic

Sexual assault is still very prevalent today. Fortunately, though, Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network reports that as of 2015, sexual violence had fallen by more than half since 1993. The goal, of course, is to have zero instances of sexual assault. With stats like these, though, it seems totally impossible that we’ll ever live in a world void of such horrific crimes.

According to RAINN, one person is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds in the U.S. Additionally, one in six American women is the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and about one in 33 men is the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime.

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