Writer and self-affirmed feminist, Mikki Kendall is on a mission to expose the gross negligence of the justice system as it pertains to sex offenders. Her newly minted hastag #solidarityisforrapists is Kendall’s method of calling out those who have gotten away with sexual assault. According to statistics gathered by RAINN, (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, only three out of every 100 rapist will be punished for doing the unthinkable. This is an outrageous realization that is being brought to light in response to the scandalous allegations being pummeled at comedian Bill Cosby.
The question on everyone’s minds is how Cosby was able to spend his entire career supposedly taking advantage of an army of women without dealing with the consequences of his actions. Part of the issue rests on the fact that as an influential and well-respected figure, he had access to sophisticated implementation which guaranteed that he could hover under the radar indefinitely. This probably led to his victims being forced into silence or even intimidated at the prospect of going against someone of Cosby’s stature.
RAINN’s findings confirm that most cases of rape go unreported even though there has been an increase in the percentage of rape cases that have been documented to police in recent years. But even though more victims are coming forward, it doesn’t change the fact that only one out of four reported rapes end in arrests. And even worse, out of the four arrests, only one of those offenders gets convicted.
So basically, rapists are able to get away clean from their hideous crimes, which encourages this epidemic to thrive and gives victims little or no hope for justice. This is the main reason why most of them stay silent and carry their pain for most or all of their lives.
Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president and founder, offers his solution to a problem that has remained under the radar for way too long, “This staggering statistic sends a clear message to offenders that they can commit this horrible crime and get away with it. The single most important thing we can do to prevent rape is to put more rapists in prison”.