First let’s determine what assault actually is. Legally this is the actual definition for assault against females:
Sexual Assault Against Females
Although anyone – men, women, and children – can be assaulted, this fact sheet will focus on adult female victims of sexual assault.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is defined as any sort of sexual activity between two or more people in which one of the people is involved against his or her will.
The sexual activity involved in an assault can include many different experiences. Women can be the victims of unwanted touching, grabbing, oral sex, anal sex, sexual penetration with an object, and/or sexual intercourse.
There are a lot of ways that women can be involved in sexual activity against their will. The force used by the aggressor can be either physical or non-physical. Some examples of how women are forced or pressured into having sex include being:
- taken advantage of by someone who has some form of authority over them (for example doctor, teacher, boss)
- bribed or manipulated into sexual activity against her will
- unable to give her consent because she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- threatened to be hurt or that people that she cares about will be hurt
- physical forced or violently assaulted
When it comes to assault against women, here are “some” of those men who are “allegedly” accused:
It seems that the concept of sexual harassment and assault are on the rise (or the reporting of these acts is on the rise). Does this mean that assault is increasing now or does it mean that women are now taking more of a stand against it? The biggest problem with assault of any kind has always been “proving it.” Without any evidence it is extremely difficult to get a conviction. Donald Trump had several women make claims against him while he was running for office (and he also had a video of himself reporting to others HOW he liked to assault women). Yet Trump “still” managed to win the Presidency. Bill Cosby has already been taken to court once over alleged assaults but has yet to be found guilty. Famous people like Harvey Weinstein are now making assault a huge topic. People are talking about it more, but I am not sure if they found a legal way to deal with it properly yet. What “should” be done? For one, I would say that women should NEVER assume that simply because a man is famous that he is willing to help. There are predators of all kinds on this planet and a smart woman should always monitor her situation well before dealing with anyone with a higher level of fame. Most men will only try to take advantage when the situation is ripe for them to do so. That means that you should NEVER be alone with ANY man if you can avoid it. Keep in mind that without any evidence your chances of proving anything against the man will be somewhat futile. Witnesses, artifacts, video, or “something” will be needed to prove your point. Tell someone else “something” so that there will be more than just “you” accusing this man. While it may be true that this man has succeeded in assaulting other women you can’t do anything unless you know who his other victims are. Until you do, make sure you have enough strength for your own specific case. Think ahead. You should always prepare yourself against assault beforehand, and you need to make your intentions “clear” before dealing with any famous man with power. Most famous men take advantage of the moment. Don’t make it easy for a man to “think” he can get away with assaulting you. If a man has been successful with others before then he may think that you are an easy target as well. Think carefully and be mindful of your own circumstances. Remember that once a trial is set your sexual history will be brought to light and they will try to discredit you. Make sure you protect yourself well “before” he tries to get you alone with him. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
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