War on Drugs

Mike Steindel (CLaw7MAn@webtv.net)
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 01:22:22 -0800 (PST)


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This is something that has been bothering me for a long time. In the USA
we had a war on poverty untill we diverted its funds to fight the war in
Viet Nam. That was to stop the commies from taking our American way of
life from us. 

Now we have the War on Drugs. Apparently drugs use is the most serious
crime in the USA today. Oddly enough the War on Drugs seems to be doing
what the commies could not, take our American way of life from us.  

However it seems to me that we need to have a few other Wars waged in
the USA also, Like the War on Rape, War on Child Abuse, War on Armed
Robbery. The cost for the War on Drugs is about 56 Billion Dollars give
or take, are people who use Drugs really as serious a threat as Rapists,
Child Abusers or Armed Robbers. In reallity is the guy who smokes or
grows cannabis really a threat at all. 

In fact with that money from the War on Drugs we could also fight the
War on Illiteracy, War on Hunger and the War on Homlessness. My gosh we
would have come full circle and started the War on Poverty once again...

I got started on this after visiting a website on The Crime of
RAPE...Here is a little of what I read there...The link to the site is
below....We have REAL prolems in America POT however is not one of
them...mike

A National Shame

Recent statistics show that rape is still all too prevalent in America.

Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 minutes, according to the
U.S. Department of Justice.In 1996, 307,000 women were the victim of
rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. [National Crime Victimization
Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice,
1997.]Between 1995 and 1996, more than 670,000 women were the victim of
rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. 

[National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S.
Department of Justice, 1997.]
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Silent Victims

One of the most startling aspects of sex crimes is how many go
unreported. The most common reasons given by women for not reporting
these crimes are the belief that it is a private or personal matter and
that they fear reprisal from the assailant.

In 1996, only 31% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law
enforcement officials - less than one in every three. [National Crime
Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of
Justice, 1997.]Approximately 68% of rape victims knew their assailant.
[Violence against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of
Justice, 1994]Approximately 28% of victims are raped by husbands or
boyfriends, 35% by acquaintances, and 5% by other relatives. [Violence
against Women. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice,
1994]
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Living In Fear

According to the U.S. Department of Justice:
[All statistics are taken from: Violence against Women, Bureau of
Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1994.]

One of every four rapes take place in a public area or in a parking
garage.29% of female victims reported that the offender was a
stranger.68% of rapes occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.At
least 45% of rapists were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.In 29%
of rapes, the offender used a weapon.In 47% of rapes, the victim
sustained injuries other than rape injuries.75% of female rape victims
require medical care after the attack.
  


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