Barb Bradley Hagerty spent almost a year researching why it’s so easy for rapists to get away with rape, and her findings are upsetting. She shared what she learned in this article in the Atlantic. It’s a stunning article. And so important. Please, please read it — because statistically, it’s very likely that at some point in your life, you’ll need to advocate for someone who has been raped (and that someone might be you).
Here are a few basic numbers Hagerty shares:
– 125,000 — the rough number of rapes reported each year
– 49 — the number of cases out of 50 where the suspect goes free
– 200,000 — the number of untested sexual-assault kits (estimated by the federal government — private groups estimate it’s a much higher number, like 150,000 higher)
She also explains that based on the research, our assumptions about rapists are very wrong. Three examples:I learned a ton and want to discuss it with you. Keep reading.