Pennsylvania's state definitions of sexual assault. For rape of a child thirteen or less, the maximum sentence is 40 years. And rape of a thirteen year old or less with serious bodily injury can be life imprisonment. Bodily injury, by definition is, a risk of death, unconsciousness, physical pain, or loss or impairment of the function of an organ. But no where does that mention the mental scars that rape can leave someone. Rape is not only an untalked about issue but an issue with a terrible solution. Out of all the things someone could want, safety is probably the first thing a rape victim would want. There should be laws that promise that to happen, no chance that they can walk free and potentially hurt someone else.
Even when rapists are released from prison, they can carry on with life. Victims are left with unsaid trauma. They are being stripped of their safety and rapists just have to check in once and a while. They also have a tough time finding jobs and housing but it's not impossible. The government tries to keep these problems under control but it's hard to control so they have to do the next best thing which is manage. They are just trying to do damage control over the situation. They make organizations and programs but the truth is, it's not manageable. Rape is an issue and will continue to be an issue until laws become stricter and work to putting rapists behind bars.
3.2 million rapes were reported to the law enforcement, which sounds like lot, however, it is estimated that a total of 20 million women are sexually assaulted over their lifetimes. Laws need to be stricter. No where should less than 20% of reported crime be acceptable. Women shouldn't be scared of consequences after. They are the victims and shouldn't be embarrassed or ashamed. People aren't ashamed of themselves when their house is broken into, so nobody should be ashamed when someone else that someone violated their body.
Sexual offenders can be anyone, anywhere. It's sickening that rape is common in the United States. To make that worse, most victims are under the age of eighteen. Sexual offenders are no 'specific type' so arresting them poses a challenge without a victim speaking up. Whether it's due to a psychological problem or not, rape should never be acceptable. Offenders ruin their life and leave victims left with possible fear and guilt.
Some laws regarding sexual assault can put the victim in the role of the offender. Consent is saying that it is okay to engage in sexual activity. Resisting isn't. A victim could be scared to push someone off, or not be conscious enough to say "no" but that does not give someone the right to have sex with them. While laws have been changed to help with this problem that puts the blame on the victim, there are still more problems with the laws. Most sexual offenders will walk free. Which poses the question, 'Why report rape if the government can't ensure that justice will be brought to the victim?' It gives the offender the state of mind that they can do it again without getting in trouble and puts a target on the victim's back for a recurrence.