- Six young men, ages 16 to 18, were recently accused of the gang rape of a fellow high school student in Florida . The sexual assault occurred after school. The underage victim was convinced to accompany her assailants into a wooded area. When the intentions of the group became clear, the victim attempted to leave, but was prevented. Some are publicly defending the assailants on Twitter.
There is a rape every 6.2 minutes in the United States; one in five women in this country is likely to be raped in her lifetime . Because rape is under-reported, the figures may be higher. Eighty three year old women have been raped, as have four year olds.
The United States does not separately collect data on gang rapes. It is estimated, however, that 25% of all rapes are gang rapes . These are almost always premeditated .
A 2013 report on rape and gang rape in the medical journal, The Lancet Global Health, listed entertainment, sexual entitlement, and punishment of the victim among the motives given . Associated factors often include alcohol, poverty, “proof” of heterosexual prowess, a need for dominance over women, gang-related activity, and a history of child abuse. Continue reading