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Poverty's Relation to Sexual Violence

Individuals with lower family or personal incomes tend to not only be more vulnerable but also lack education. Lower-income areas are prone to having inadequate schooling and other institutions, leading to predatory individuals having power over young children and adolescents.

44% of rape victims are children. Many children feel forced into sexual favors because they lack the resources to defend themselves via court and many lower-income hospitals won't do rape kits. A lot of individuals have not received any education surrounding sexual assault and aren't sure how to handle the situation. However, this is not a situation limited to low income-areas. This is a situation that occurs with a lack of education.

According to PCAR, those with the lowest socioeconomic position are more vulnerable to violent crime and sexual exploitation in the home, at work, in the classroom, in prostitution, sex trafficking, and the drug trade. To add on, sex traffickers often look for poor youth to kidnap and find them online or even go to these areas.

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