General Rape Victim Profile and Costs of Rape

Women in a variety of jobs[Originally posted on Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 10:42 AM PDT]

This information comes from the OVC (Office for Victims of Crime) website. Click hereto view the information directly. The information can be listed here without violating copyright because it is for educational purposes.

Note: OVC makes no representation concerning the accuracy of data from non-Department of Justice sources.

Here are two directly related sites and reports not cited above:

Note in these research studies that rape accounts for the highest annual victim cost of any violent crime. Rapists cost us all money.


Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Black sign w/red letters: "Rape Survivor"[Originally posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 at 8:14 PM PDT]

This information is taken from the Office for the Victims of Crime website. You can find the information below by clicking here. According to the website, “These documents may be freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific and educational purposes.” For information on rights and services provided to victims of sexual assault and rape, contact the following organizations:
An abuse, rape and domestic violence aid and resource collection website, which provides links to the stalking laws in all 50 states and other information about stalking.
Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Center provides training and consultation to religious communities on issues of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

It Happened to Alexa Foundation

This Foundation helps support rape survivors and their parents by easing the financial burden they face while attending the criminal trial. Financial assistance covers the expenses of a support person or persons who will accompany the rape/sexual assault victim to court. Check their website for details on eligibility requirements and allowable costs such as housing and transportation.

National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR)

This online, searchable database of sex offenders is the result of a cooperative effort between the state agencies hosting public sexual offender registries and the Federal Government. The Federal site centralizes the different sex offender registries built and maintained by State and territories and provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search.

NSOPR allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own communities.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

This information and research clearinghouse also offers direct victim services and training to sexual assault providers at the national, state, and community levels.

Promote Truth provides support and information about sexual violence issues for teens and their communities. Their Web site offers information and online services, including anonymous use of message boards for targeted audiences: teens, parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN operates a 24-hour hotline for victims of sexual assault. Callers are connected automatically to their local rape crisis center for counseling. More than 800 centers participate in the network.

Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (RTC)

The RTC provides comprehensive treatment for victims of sexual assault, including emergency medical care and forensic exams, counseling, and advocacy; training for providers of rape victim services; and prevention/education programs and publications.

Witness Justice

Witness Justice provides trauma victims and their loved ones with resources that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual healing. The site features access to experts, message boards, and other print and electronic victim resources.

Don’t Rape Her

Middle-aged woman asleep in bed[Originally posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 at 8:04 PM PDT]

I first found this piece posted here on a friend’s message board.

If a woman is drunk, don’t rape her.

If a woman is walking alone at night, don’t rape her.

If a women is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape her.

If a woman is wearing a short skirt, don’t rape her.

If a woman is jogging in a park at 5 a.m., don’t rape her.

If a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend, whom you’re still hung up on, don’t rape her.

If a woman is asleep in her bed, don’t rape her.

If a woman is asleep in your bed, don’t rape her.

If a woman is doing her laundry, don’t rape her.

If a woman is in a coma, don’t rape her.

If a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don’t rape her.

If a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don’t rape her.

If a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don’t rape her.

If your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don’t rape her.

If your step-daughter is watching TV, don’t rape her.

If you break into a house and find a woman there, don’t rape her.

If your friend thinks it’s okay to rape someone, tell him it’s not, and that he’s not your friend.

If your “friend” tells you he raped someone, report him to the police.

If your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there’s an unconscious woman upstairs and it’s your turn, don’t rape her, call the police and tell the guy he’s a rapist.

Tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, and sons of friends it’s not okay to rape someone.

Don’t tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape.

Don’t imply that she could have avoided it if she’d only done / not done X.

Don’t imply that it’s in any way her fault.

Don’t let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he “got some” with the drunk girl.

Don’t perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can help yourself.

If you agree, re-post it. It’s that important.

Department of Justice Rape Statistics

Young woman with tape over her mouth, with rape stats written on the tape.[Originally posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 at 7:55 PM PDT]

The Paralumun website provides a thorough list of rape statistics. All are from the U.S. Department of Justice except where noted. I can’t provide the list here because of copyright, but I’m working on getting permission to do so. [Follow-up note: Paralumun never responded to repeated email requests to list their posted material here.]

Study on College Campus Rape, Harassment, and Stalking

College students sitting together on a lawn

[Originally posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 4:46 PM PDT]

Check out this source document from the U.S. Department of Justice for an excellent study on rape on college campuses. It was put out jointly through the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Particularly, check out:

  • the intro on page 5 in the pdf, (page iii in the document itself);
  • the subsection “Do Women Report Victimization to the Police?” on page 30 (page 23 in the document);
  • the tables on “Reasons for Not Reporting Incident to the Police” on pages 31-33 (pages 24-26 in the document);
  • and the final page of copy, page 42 (page 35 in the document).

There is impact to the sentence on that final page: “Minor forms of sexual victimization—sexist statements, harassing catcalls, sexually tainted whistles—appear to be commonplace. How can a more civil environment be achieved without compromising free speech?”

Keep checking in as I develop more sources and gather more information, and if you know of other information and resources, feel free to send it off to me. Thanks.



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Intro to the rape information blog [the original first posting on this blog]

"For the Record" logo  [Originally posted on Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 4:42 PM PDT]

The purpose of this blog is to serve as a central information source about sexual assault–a source you can comment on and interact with. It’s a good place to learn about sexual assalt and to discuss current news stories, updated statistics, and personal experiences.When you post here, you are responsible to protect your identity. If you post personal information, the author of this blog cannot and will not be responsible for the results if you disclose your identity in any way.Information posted here will usually have a listed source you can look up for yourself, particularly statistical information. Non-factual information I post here, such as articles or quotes from people, will also be posted with a listed source. Occasionally I’ll throw in opinions. Your comments and discussion are highly encouraged.

More information is appreciated, so as you run across new information, let me know so I can post it. Always include a source others can use to look up the information, unless it’s opinion. Thanks for visiting. How can this blog be helpful to you today?

Welcome to "For the Record"

   "For the Record" logo of stylized person reaching upwardFor the Record is a rape information blog that was transferred here from Blogsource, which around September 2006 converted itself to Blogger.