BuzzFeed posted this image that shows the barriers and prejudices rape survivors (of any gender) may face if attempting to bring their case to the police. Considering these common attitudes, it is no wonder that 60% of rapes and sexual assaults are never reported. Women may face slut-shaming if they report and have any past sexual history, while men are, according to RAINN’s stats, the least likely to report, as common notions of masculinity don’t allow “real men” to be victims. Any who wasn’t violently raped, virginal, white, sober at the time of the assault, or assaulted by a stranger is going to have a more difficult time winning a court case. Someone who does fit that bill is often construed as the “perfect” rape victim, when in reality there is no such thing.
Thanks to Yael for the tip.
If Mugging Were Treated The Same Way As Rape [BuzzFeed]