Sexual assault hurts victims not only physically but mentally. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the number of women all over the world who are affected by sexual assault is unacceptable.
Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is a victim of sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Also, "college-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted."
It has been a trend to report on sexual assaults that occur on college campuses, and one nationwide report by the National Union of Students (NUS) found that "one in seven survey respondents has experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time as a student."
This is 14 percent of students. However, a separate table shows 7 percent of students experienced serious sexual assault and 11 percent of student experienced serious physical violence.
Also, 68 percent of students "have been subject to verbal or physical sexual harassment." Sixteen percent of students have experienced unwanted sexual contact, like kissing, touching or molesting, most of which happened in public.
In the foreword of the study, Olivia Bailey, the NUS National Women's Officer, said that the study focused on women ages 18 to 25 because they are more prone to suffer from experiences with domestic violence.
Reporting levels are still low as well. For example, 43 percent of victims of sexual assault told no one about their experience.
Just by looking at these results, it is apparent that sexual assault or harassment affects many women. There are also apparent psychological effects, which can be seen in reasons for why women don't report when they've been assaulted.
Many felt guilt, embarrassment and shame for physical and sexual violence and stalking. In some negative experiences with police, the victims reported that the police made them feel at fault, even suggesting what they were wearing could have caused the assault.
These circumstances, especially feeling at blame for something horrible that happened to oneself, can be challenging for the mind and emotions.