Target: Scott Berkowitz, President and founder of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Goal: Increase the support offered to those who are raped, sexually assaulted, or molested by women
“Anything I said would have made me look like a liar and a freak, especially if she lied to everyone about me. I knew they would believe her. She already had people convinced that I was different. Even my mother said I was ‘too quiet.’” These are the words of Reddit user AbbrogatedSuffering, a woman who spent much of her childhood being raped and molested by another woman. Even when she tried to report it she was told to keep quiet so as not to damage her abuser’s reputation. This happens every single day in part because of the outdated belief that men cannot be victims and women cannot be rapists.
Sexual assault happens once every two minutes in the United States and almost always goes unpunished. Roughly 60% of these acts will never be reported to the police. Only 3% of those accused will ever spend even one day behind bars. These heartbreaking statistics aren’t limited to female victims, either. Nine out of every 10 men sexually assaulted by women will never go to the police, often due to their own sense of pride, or the fear that they won’t be taken seriously or may be laughed at.
Abrogatedsuffering said it best: “I just wanted you to know that sometimes, rape has nothing to do with men, and the anti-rape campaigns that only talk about men keep victims like me from getting any outside help.” There are hundreds of people every day who need support and counseling but who fall through the cracks because of these backward stigmas. Help raise awareness about the invisible victims of assault.
Dear Scott Berkowitz,
As the founder of RAINN you have many resources at your disposal to help victims of rape and sexual assault. People sexually assaulted by women are often ignored and forgotten because of the outdated and backward belief that men cannot be victims and women cannot be rapists.
In this day and age there is no reason for people who have suffered a trauma to go without support. By stregthening the support system for these victims you would not only help people heal and move on; you would help keep them from turning to drugs, alcohol, or suicide as a last resort. This situation needs to change, and you are in the best position to make it happen. I call on you to use your tools to be an agent for change by offering non-judgmental support and assistance to these invisible victims, in particular by raising public awareness of female rapists and male victims.
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