Understanding the Epidemic of Sexual Assault
A recent article published by U.S. News and World Report revealed that emergency rooms across the country are seeing a considerable rise in cases of sexual assault. This is an alarming finding, especially given the increase in reports of sexual assault over the years. Here we look at the facts behind the report and what they mean for those who have experienced sexual assault.
The Facts Behind the Report
According to the article, treatment of sexual assault in emergency rooms had 15x more instances of sexual assault treatment cases between 2006 and 2019, reported through University of Michigan research. Here are some concerning facts reported in the article:
- Rapes and other forms of sexual assault occur every 68 seconds in the U.S.
- In 2006, there were 93,000 sexual assault and rape cases reported, which rose to 140,000 in 2019.
- In 2006, over 3,600 men and women between 18 and 65 sought emergency care after sexual assault. This number jumped to 53,300 in 2019.
- The majority of those seeking ER treatments are poorer and younger women.
The report didn't mention any facts about emergency room visits for sexual assault during the COVID-19 pandemic. General studies indicate an increased rate of sexual assault during this time.
What This Means For Survivors Of Sexual Assault
It's important to note that this uptick in ER visits does not necessarily reflect an increase in actual incidents of sexual assault. It could be evidence of increased awareness among survivors that they can seek treatment after an attack and will receive compassionate care from dedicated professionals in the ER setting. All survivors should feel empowered to seek out medical care, as doing so can help them heal physically and emotionally from their ordeal.
Sexual violence is an alarming reality for many people today, and it's heartening news that more survivors are feeling brave enough to seek medical attention following an attack when needed. Whether seeking medical attention or talking through feelings with someone close and trustworthy, no one must suffer alone. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, please seek help today.
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How to Get Legal Help After Sexual Assault
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