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[IWS] White House: RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: A RENEWED CALL TO ACTION [22 January 2014]

IWS Documented News Service

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

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White House Council on Women and Girls

 

RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: A RENEWED CALL TO ACTION [22 January 2014]

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sexual_assault_report_1-21-14.pdf

[full-text, 38 pages]

 

See also Presidential Memorandum

Memorandum -- Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT:  Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/22/memorandum-establishing-white-house-task-force-protect-students-sexual-a

[excerpt from report]

This report analyzes the most recent, reliable data about rape and sexual assault in our

country. It identifies those most at risk of being victims of these crimes, examines the

cost of this violence (both to survivors and our communities), and describes the response,

too often inadequate, of the criminal justice system. The report catalogues steps this

Administration has taken to combat rape and sexual assault, and identifies areas for

further action.

 

An overview of the problem:

 

Women and girls are the vast majority of victims: nearly 1 in 5 women – or

nearly 22 million – have been raped in their lifetimes.1

Men and boys, however, are also at risk: 1 in 71 men – or almost 1.6 million –

have been raped during their lives.

 

Women of all races are targeted, but some are more vulnerable than others:

33.5% of multiracial women have been raped, as have 27% of American Indian

and Alaska Native women, compared to 15% of Hispanic, 22% of Black, and

19% of White women.

 

Most victims know their assailants.

 

The vast majority (nearly 98%) of perpetrators are male.

 

Young people are especially at risk: nearly half of female survivors were raped

before they were 18, and over one-quarter of male survivors were raped before

they were 10. College students are particularly vulnerable: 1 in 5 women has

been sexually assaulted while in college.

 

Repeat victimization is common: over a third of women who were raped as

minors were also raped as adults.

 

 

Press Release 22 January 2014

A Renewed Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/22/renewed-call-action-end-rape-and-sexual-assault

 

As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today to establish the "White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault." The taskforce will be charged with sharing best practices, and increasing transparency, enforcement, public awareness, and interagency coordination to prevent violence and support survivors. The creation of this Task Force builds upon the President's 2010 call to action, which urged the federal government to support survivors and aggressively take action against sexual assault.

 

The statistics around sexual assault in this country are nothing short of jarring. A report just released by the White House Council on Women and Girls entitled, "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action" reveals that nearly 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes. These statistics are stunning, but still can't begin to capture the emotional and psychological scars that survivors often carry for life, or the courage needed to recover.

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