The #1 reason every woman should report a sexual assault

Although I’m a big fan of Law & Order: SVU, it still makes my insides go numb every time they report on a particularly bad case of sexual assault or, even worse, child molestation. Like most women, just thinking rape makes me cringe. I’ve never experienced anything of the sort but I’d like to think that, if something happened, I would absolutely report it to the police.

Statistics aren’t always on my side with this one, though. RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) says that 60% of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported. That’s a terrible number. But you know what’s even worse? A men’s magazine in the UK is actually using that statistic to suggest to their readers that, since odds are in their favor, it’s okay get a little handsy. Um, WHAT?!

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Although they later apologized, It doesn't really matter after the fact. The controversy started when UniLad Magazine published an article titled “Sexual Mathematics” that stated:

"If the girl you've taken for a drink... won't 'spread for your head', think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported. That seems to be fairly good odds."

How does something like this even get published? Their entire “oh, we didn’t mean to support non-consensual sex, it was sort of just a joke” defense really stinks. If for no other reason than to keep something like this from ever happening again, I hope that more women will step up and talk about their sexual assaults—no matter how difficult it is. As horrified as I am by their suggestion that it’s OK to rape, I hope that the outrage spread from this article will at least change the lives of one woman for the better.

What do you think of the fact that so many rapes are unreported and this magazine’s abuse of that statistic?

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