Did you know?
Only 10% of rapists will experience jailtime
The Underreported and Unprosecuted Crime
Due to social barriers such as victim-blaming, shaming, and the emotional impact of prosecution, most rapes go unreported. Even more so, only a fraction of reported rapes actually get a conviction. There is also the stereotype that many women make these accusations to gain attention or get back at someone else - however, most statistics show that only 2-6% of rape reports are false. It is unlikely that someone would subject themselves to the negative social effects of reporting unless what happened to them was true.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, remember:
- It was not your fault.
- You are not alone.
- There are resources available to you - the SHARE advocates, the Health and Counseling Center, and the clergy on campus.
- The Enliven Project - theenlivenproject.com
- Lonsway, Kimberly A., Archambault, Joanne, and David Lisak. "False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute Non-Stranger Sexual Assault." The Voice 3(1): 1 - 11.