These are sobering stats: ⅙ of all women will be a victim of rape/attempted rape in her lifetime; nearly ½ (44%) of rapes happen to minors.
I tried to find stats on the profile of the assailant/rapist. ⅔ are family/partner, friend or acquaintance. I couldn't find stats on the number of victims (please comment if you do). But it did remind me—and I just verified—that for pedophiles, the number of lifetime victims is between 50-260 HFS! And sad to say, Larry Nassar sits in the middle of that range at 160+.
The thing that immediately popped into my head was this Elton John lyric (with ‘funny’ replaced by ‘a complete and utter travesty’): “It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain…”
I‘m a huge proponent of Brandeis’ assertion that “Sunlight is… the best of disinfectants”. It needs to not only be OK—but essential—for victims to report. They need to not be afraid of doing so. That's a hard obstacle to overcome, since the percent reported goes down the younger the victim is and the closer the victim is to the assailant.
So much credit goes to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina for allowing any victim to speak her truth in court to be inscribed permanently into the public record for the whole world to hear. I encourage you to read them. This is progress.
At least we’ve now started having these difficult conversations more openly. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
—feeling drained yet hopeful