To further accentuate the importance of what I am discussing, I want to include UK rape statistics. I believe evidence of how prominent rape is in our society will give my presentation more impact, contextualising how Photography and its relationship with Rape Culture affects society and victims of rape.

Rape Crisis is a feminist organisation that promotes rape awareness and helps secure help for victims of rape and sexual assault. They are an incredibly important organisation in the UK that has been helping victims since 1973.
On their website they include a section on rape statistics, that I intend to reference. http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/Statistics2.php

In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office released its first ever joint Official Statistics bulletin on sexual violence, entitled An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales.

It reported that:

Approximately 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year
Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year
1 in 5 women (aged 16 – 59) has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.

Rape Crisis does not include examples of Male rape in their statistics, and I feel it is important to include these in my presentation, as while rape is more common towards women, it still happens to men, and Rape Culture affects both genders negatively.

Government Statistics
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/an-overview-of-sexual-offending-in-england-and-wales

The .Gov statistics are probably the most trustworthy source for them, though they don’t include the 2013 overview like Rape Crisis does.

Based on aggregated data from the ‘Crime Survey for England and Wales’ in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, on average, 2.5 per cent of females and 0.4 per cent of males said that they had been a victim of a sexual offence (including attempts) in the previous 12 months. This represents around 473,000 adults being victims of sexual offences (around 404,000 females and 72,000 males) on average per year.

I can’t include all of these statistics in my presentation, but a basic overview of them on a presentation slide or a brief paragraph could serve well to reinforce the importance of discussing the subject of Photography and Rape Culture.

Around one in twenty females (aged 16 to 59) reported being a victim of a most serious sexual offence since the age of 16. Extending this to include other sexual offences such as sexual threats, unwanted touching or indecent exposure, this increased to one in five females reporting being a victim since the age of 16.

Around 90 per cent of victims of the most serious sexual offences in the previous year knew the perpetrator, compared with less than half for other sexual offences.

I feel that, when you know the statistics behind rape, it serves to dispel the common misconceptions that arise in society due to Rape Culture. We live in a society that is common for victim blaming and accusing people of lying about being raped, when in fact research has shown that the largest suspected percentage of false rape accusations is in fact at most 3% (http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/campaigns/false-allegations/) while some other resources actually suggest even less. To put that into context, a 17 month study by Keir Starmer showed that while there were 5,651 prosecutions of rape, there was only 35 prosecutions for false rape accusations (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/13/rape-investigations-belief-false-accusations).

Combine this with other statistics that show how drastically many instances of rape there are every year, and we see that rape is not only difficult and unlikely to lead to a prosecution, but it is also incredibly rare for an instance of false rape accusations to occur.

The common, yet incorrect, belief that false accusations are rife is another aspect of Rape Culture that has become ingrained within our society.

I think that the statistics I have researched prove to reinforce that my subject is an important topic that needs to be discussed, and is based on fact rather than just personal opinion.

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/11/male-female-rape-statistics-graphic
Rape crime punishment

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