Sadly, sexual assault in the United States is often a subject that brings about embarrassment in victims. As a result, this crime is rarely discussed openly and thus continues to plague society. In fact, only about 31 percent of all rapes and sexual victimizations are reported to the police. Sexual assault is a particularly heinous crime in that it can affect the victims for years or even decades after it occurs. It can cause intense psychological pain that can only be treated through intense therapy.
One of the most frightening things about sexual assault is its prevalence. On average, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18. Sexual assault is the term for any sexual activity that occurs that one party does not agree to. Sexual assault includes:
Sexual assault can also occur without any form of contact. They are forms of verbal or visual sexual assault such as voyeurism, when someone secretly watches private acts, or exhibitionism, when someone exposes his or her private parts in public.
Reporting and prosecuting perpetrators of sexual assault is of utmost importance in reducing the extreme prevalence of these crimes.