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Whether you’re in a relationship or not, if the person is a stranger or a friend or if the person is from the same religion, community or institution.

If a person has sex with you without your consent, it is RAPE!

There are no grounds in which rape can be justified, the bottom line is : rape is wrong, it is illegal and it is an infringement of person human rights.

Statistic from the 2011 government’s Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls, show that there are 1 million female victims of domestic abuse in England and Wales.

According to the British Crime Survey, there is an average of 400,000 women who are sexually assaulted yearly,  in addition to the  80,000 women who are raped, yet 80% delay reporting these crimes as they feel there are to blame for the incident and there is little chance the attacker will be brought to justice.

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However, rape is not only and female issue as statistics from 2010 relay that 3 out of 20 males are also victims of sexual assault.

The only difference is that 81% of women report these crimes in comparison to that of the 19% of male victims.

Many victims often feel afraid that they’ll be shun by friends if the report the crime, or they feel that something as horrible as rape can’t happen to them – which leads to them denying it – as well as the media having a part to play by illustrating rapist as big, scary weapon carrying perpetrators, when in reality no one knows what a rapist actually looks like.

Rape is damaging and should not be brushed under the carpet.

There are various charities and campaigns for both men and women locally and globally that help to tackle this international epidemic, providing confidential emotional support and practical informatiom

For more information log on to Mankind or Rapecrisis .

About Shine Aloud

We are a youth led social enterprise that aims to provide creative solutions to address sexual health inequalities among marginalised groups!