1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
Take a look at that statistic from RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). Rape is not a margin issue. In fact, chances are a woman close to you is a victim of attempted or completed rape. She may not talk about it openly, but it certainly affects her. According to RAINN, 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.
Victim counseling and abuser prosecution can only offer so much in the way of recovery (and it is estimated that only 3% of abusers are successfully prosecuted). What we need is prevention, and Zerlina Maxwell has some ideas on how we can increase bystander awareness, stop victim-blaming and put an end to rape culture for good.
What do you think about Maxwell's action plan? Watch the video and then leave your thoughts in the comments section below.