RAINN reports that nearly 70% of victims don’t inform the police and that a mere 25% of reported assaults eventually result in an arrest.
According to the National Institute of Justice, factors that commonly prevent women from reporting attacks include distrust of authorities and fear of blame.
This could be another factor contributing to underreporting; a victim who, out of fear they’ll be ostracized or won’t be believed, refuses to tell anyone they were assaulted by a stranger is even less likely to report abuse from a significant other, a family member, a teacher, or a classmate.
This unfortunate truth stems from victims’ ill-founded assumption that they are less likely to be believed in such a situation (“your dad/coach/English professor would never do that”) coupled with the fact that the survivor will likely have to endure further interaction with their assailant by virtue of their relationship.
Most victims of sexual assault know their assailant on some level.
As reported by RAINN, approximately seven out of ten sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows.
About one in six men suffered sexual abuse in childhood, according to statistics provided by 1in6, an organization dedicated to providing resources and support services for victims.
Sexual assault is a far too common problem in our country today; RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) recently reported that someone in the U. According to RAINN, rates of sexual violence in the U. The vast majority of sexual assaults go unreported and unpunished.: Alcohol intoxication can make you significantly more vulnerable to assault by impairing your judgment or inhibiting your ability to physically fight off an attacker.Binge drinkers are at a particularly high risk of suffering from incapacitation, a blackout, or unconsciousness.If you’ve identified that your partner exhibits controlling or aggressive behaviors and you’re afraid to address these issues within your relationship, it’s time to get help.Victims often don’t realize the dangers of their situation until it’s too late — the dynamic between the abuser and abused is strategically designed to discourage the victims from acknowledging or addressing the problem.