• Facts You Need to Know About Sexual Assault {+ Take Back the Night 4/26}

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     April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so Dr. Meika of CarePoint Health is sharing some staggering stats about sexual assault. We hope you’ll join us and Stevens as we march on Thursday, April 26th for the university/Hoboken’s annual “Take Back the Night” march. Click here for more details.

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    12-34

    The age range in which people are most likely to be sexually assaulted.

    17,700,000

    The estimated number of women who have been the victims of rape since 1998.

    13

    The percentage of female rape survivors who will attempt suicide.

    1 in 6

    One in six women have been the victim of rape or attempted rape.

    98

    Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

    570

    Every single day more than 570 people experience sexual violence in this country.

    64

    The percentage of trans people who will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes.

    $127,000,000,000

    The total amount of money rape costs victims every year in the U.S., excluding child sexual abuse.

    16-19

    The age range that women are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. Female college students ages 18-24 are 3x more likely than women in the general population to experience sexual violence.

    1.8

    The amount of times trans people of color are more likely to experience sexual violence than the general population.

    3

    The percentage of men who will be raped in their lifetime.

    90

    The percentage of adult rape victims that are female.

    321,500

    The average number of victims of rape and sexual assault per year in the U.S.

    80,600

    The estimated number of inmates who experience sexual violence in prison or jail every year.

    60

    The percentage of instances of sexual violence experienced by inmates that are perpetrated by jail or prison staff.

    2

    The number of times a person with a disability is more likely to be a victim of sexual assault or rape than a person without a disability.

    $241,600

    The estimated lifetime income that a survivor of sexual violence who was abused as an adolescent loses.

    $400-$1,500

    The amount of money it costs to get a rape kit tested. According to the Violence Against Women Act, a survivor should never have to pay for their own rape kit, but many states have loopholes that force survivors to do just that.

    21

    The percentage of trans or gender nonconforming students who report being sexually assaulted while attending college.

    46

    The percentage of bisexual women who report being raped in their lifetime.

    18,900

    The number of military service people who experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2014.

    1 in 7

    The fraction of military service members who experienced an assault at the hands of someone in their chain of command.

    2,780,000

    The estimated number of men who have experienced an attempted or completed rape since 1998.

    94

    The percentage of women who experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder {PTSD} during the two weeks directly after being raped.

    7 in 10

    The fraction of rapes committed by someone the victim knows.

    93

    The percentage of child sexual abuse perpetrators who know their victim.

    2-10

    The percentage of false rape reports.

    $750,000,000,000

    The amount of money sexual violence and abuse cost the U.S. in 2008 alone.

    How to Help Raise Awareness:

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    Join the Stevens Community, CarePoint Health, and Mayor Ravi Bhalla at their 4th Annual Take Back the Night event. Those participating {in the march} will meet at Stevens Institute of Technology {1 Castle Point Terrace} at 6PM and join together for a march through the streets of Hoboken to protest rape and other forms or sexual, relationship and domestic violence, and end with a vigil to honor those who have been assaulted.

    Since the 1970s in the United States, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms. Thousands of colleges, domestic violence shelters, and rape crisis centers hold events all over the country. Take Back the Night’s mission is to end sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Please join Team HG in participating this year! Click here to RSVP.


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    Meika {or rather Dr. Meika} is an emergency medicine physician turned administrator. She is currently the chief medical officer at CarePoint Health in Hoboken and she loves her job and the patients. When she's not at CarePoint, she dedicates her time and career to help against rape and human trafficking. Though originally from Boston, Meika lives in Hoboken with her husband and their dog Brooklyn. You may see her around town walking the dog, jogging or cycling through the streets, or just walking to work. If she hadn’t become a doctor she would have become a photojournalist with a camera and a backpack traveling to barely seen areas of the world {like Sean Penn in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty}.