21 Reasons Why Victims of Rape and Sexual Abuse Do Not Report (Told Through 21 Real Life Voices) ~ Huffington Post

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Throughout my life, from childhood into adulthood, I have been raped and sexually assaulted multiple times, and not once have I reported an incident.

Recently I read a comment on an article I wrote about the last time I was sexually assaulted, stating they were “astonished” that I had not reported the incident to the police.

I wish I was in the minority in not reporting these incidents, but the truth is that many, many people across the world are raped or sexually assaulted every day without it ever being reported to the police. This has been highlighted this week when the issue of rape and sexual abuse has been brought further into the light, both in America and across the world.

There are reports out there that back this up; figures and statistics that differ from country to country that reflect the rates of unreported rape and sexual abuse, but instead of quoting numbers and reports I felt it was important to use my own voice and the real life voices of other courageous people who have experienced this type of abuse – a quick question on my own Facebook page highlighted many unique and similar experiences to my own.

Of these voices, 20 courageous people allowed me to include their words, alongside my own, in this article.

These reasons are complex and individual. Rarely is there one singular reason that someone does not report, and while I know that my reasons for not reporting my own assaults are not the same as everybody else’s (each person who goes through this does so in a unique and personal way), there are many reasons for not reporting that I know I am not alone in.

(I will add that I fully support anyone who makes the choice to report rape or sexual abuse, if it is right for them to do so and they make the choice freely. Just as I support those who choose to not, or cannot, report).

And so, here are 21 of the hundreds of resaons (in no particular order) why rape or sexual abuse is not reported to the police:

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