(Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino in the Speak movie)
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
9 of every 10 rape victims were female. (2003 statistic).
44% of sexual assault & rape victims are under 18 years old.
93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.
Join me in helping these victims speak up and get the support that they need and deserve. Please donate to RAINN, the best anti-sexual violence charity in America.
If you are a Speak fan, we have lots of thank-you gifts for your donation: signed books and posters, the chance to have your image included in the upcoming Speak graphic novel, or to have a Skype visit with me to talk about writing, maple syrup, and anything else that’s on your mind.
If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, have them call the RAINN hotline 1.800.656.HOPE or use the online hotline to talk to a trained volunteer. The hotlines are completely confidential and have helped more than 1.5 million victims.
NOTE: some people are angry at a recent statement from the RAINN president about the need to focus on prosecuting rapists instead of focusing on and trying to change rape culture. I’m pissed because I think we should and can do both. I’m in discussions to see if RAINN will alter that statement. But it doesn’t change the fact that RAINN is still the best place for rape victims to turn to and that my support and your support are necessary. If you’re broke, please help by reblogging.
(Statistics from National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and U.S. Department of Justice. Full citations and more stats can be found on RAINN website.)