Sexual Violence and Rape in Highschool

By: Taylor Lambert

TW: TALK OF RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

In high school, sexual violence and assault is on the minds of countless students. Whether they’ve experienced it, are afraid that they will, or know someone that has been sexually assualted, it remains a fear for many. With studies proving that at least 1.3 forcible rapes happen in the United States per minute, it’s no surprise that students, specifically students identifying as non-binary and as women, live in fear.  

According to a 2008 study of more than 1,000 students, a devastating 1 in 5 high school girls said they have been sexually assaulted at school, a total of 53 percent of high school girls are sexual assaulted by a peer, and 39 percent of sexual assaults took place at school. In another study conducted by the National Violence Against Women Survey, 54% of the females surveyed were younger than age 18 at the time they were raped. Roughly 32.7% were between the ages of 12 and 17. These stats are a few of many and just further prove how disastrous this worldwide calamity is. 

Though most highlighted stories of sexual violence are about women and transgender people, men too are affected by sexual violence in high school. About 3%, or 1 in 33 men report having experienced a completed or attempted rape. The same study states that every 1 in 10 rape victims are male. Though this might not seem like a lot, when put in perspective, these facts are also mortifying. 

For perspective, there are 7.9 billion people on Earth. According to the WHO, approximately 30%, or 1 in 3  (not an accurate number considering how many sexual assaults go unreported) women worldwide have suffered rape or sexual assault; that means about 2.37 trillion women worldwide. These astounding numbers further prove how great of an epidemic sexual violence truly is. 

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