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Most UK Women Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault Don't Report Such Crimes

by Thilaka Ravi on March 14, 2012 at 6:49 AM
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Most UK Women Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault Don't Report Such Crimes

Majority of women who are raped and sexually assaulted in Britain do not report the perpetrators of such crimes to the police, a new research indicates.

According to the research, one in 10 women has been raped, and more than a third subjected to sexual assault.


The Independent reports the survey, as saying that the figures highlight how frightened women are of not being believed.

More than 80 per cent of the 1,600 respondents said they did not report their assault to the police, while 29 per cent said they told nobody - not even a friend or family member - of their ordeal.

Negative social attitudes to rape and sexual assault victims play a big part in the reluctance of women to come forward, the survey by Mumsnet suggests.

Nearly 70 per cent of the respondents feel the media is unsympathetic to women who report rape, while more than half say the same is true of the legal system and society in general.

The findings come as the social networking site launches a campaign to dispel the myths surrounding sexual violence, which it says stop victims from accessing support and justice.

Rape Crisis, Barnardo's and the End Violence Against Women coalition back the weeklong "We Believe You" campaign.

Source: ANI

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