Deep within the darkness she lay. Still, quiet, naked, barely breathing. Her skin pale as moonlight, shining in the darkness. Upon her pale flesh were bruises of a struggle. Her lips stood out like blood upon snow. Reddish brown hair covered the top half of her body like a thick blanket. She just laid there upon the moss covered ground, in the middle of a deep secluded forest. In and out of consciousness, but never opening her eyes. Fright of seeing the monsters faces that kidnapped her, ravished her body. She still saw their eyes, a hunger full of madness, dancing like wild fire within their black depths. Still felt their hands on her body, rough, callous, ripping her clothes off with a cold intense need. She tried fighting, screaming, but they over powered her. Knowing that her power was being taken away, something inside her just died, and she knew there was no stopping what was going to happen next. Sleep overwhelmed her body, and she drifted off to sweet haunting nightmares.
Just wanted to also say that I am calling this a short story for now, but plan on branching it out further into a more fuller story.
As you may of guessed this story is about a rape victim, and I wanted to share a few statistics with you about it.
Here’s the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)–there is an average of 293,066 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
There are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year. That makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 293,066 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 107 seconds. ONE every 107 SECONDS that is mind blowing. Every MINUTE that passes by someone is being raped/sexually assaulted.
When I read this I was shocked, sure I knew the dangers, and have experienced it myself in my younger days. But you never think about how many people may be experiencing it, I am surprised this has not yet been more widespread information. Sure we can have Sex Ed in school, but I never had this information shared with us in school (given I graduated in 2007) We need to spread information like this to our youth, maybe it will help protect them, and possibility they will be more cautious about who they surround themselves with, what environments they go to, and bring that number down. Okay done with ranting, just wanted to share.