The injustice system: one woman's story of why her rape went unreported
WARNING: Video contains explicit language
"Nine out of ten men said that it's her
fault. It's her fault for getting raped because she
shouldn't have been that drunk anyway."
In this story, "Priscilla" relives the night she as a young woman found herself intoxicated and taken advantage of at a party. Her story mirrors the fears of so many others like her, survivors of sexual abuse, who have lost their faith in the justice system, and the faith that even the "good guy" will not resort to victim-blaming.
According to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, there are about 293,000 victims of sexual assault every year in the U.S. alone, and it is still one of the most under reported crimes. Around 80% of assaults are never reported, and even when an assault is reported, it is very unlikely that it will lead to a prosecution or even an arrest. Out of every 100 rapes, only two rapists will ever spend a single day in prison.
This fact resonates on college campuses as well. According to data surveyed by The Huffington Post, not even one-third of students found guilty of sexual assault were expelled from their schools. In 47% of the cases the student was suspended, and 13% were placed on probation.
Many survivors of sexual crimes don't find it necessary to report it to police as it may prolong the healing process. Some even feel that the criminal justice system re-victimizes them in the process. According to a Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault study, the majority of reasons had to do with a disbelief that the criminal justice system would protect them, for example, that the police could and/or would not do anything to help, and fear of lack of evidence.
Do you or anyone you know need help?
Call 800.656.HOPE(4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. www.rainn.org/get-help