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UK Rape Awareness Campaigns Says “We Believe You”

UK Rape Awareness Campaigns Says “We Believe You”

 

So often women who have been sexually assaulted suffer in silence. Fear of not being believed or that they will be blamed for what happened often keeps victims from ever reporting crimes to police.

In fact, in the UK the government estimates that 89% of rapes are never reported to police. For those who do report, only 5.3% of cases end in a conviction of rape.

This is not to say that rape is not a problem in the UK. On the contrary, when a popular parenting website, Mumsnet, surveyed over 1,600 of their readers about their experiences with rape or sexual assault the responses were alarming.

The survey found that:

  • One in 10 had been raped
  • Over one-third had been sexually assaulted
  • Over 83% did not report the rape or sexual assault to police
  • Over 68% said they would hesitate reporting to police due to low conviction rates

In response to their survey, Mumsnet has launched a campaign called “We Believe You.” The goal of the campaign is twofold – first to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and rape in women’s lives and secondly to dispel myths surrounding rape that prevent women from reporting.

The campaign has found support from many including Prime Minister David Cameron who said:

“Everyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or attacked has to know they will be believed and taken seriously so they come forward to get the help and support they need. Once again Mumsnet is helping to raise awareness of a very real and serious issue that we all need to address.”

Abuse survivors deserve to report their crimes and share their stories without fear of not being believed. “We Believe You” are three small words that send such a powerful message.

You can join the campaign by tweeting at #webelieveyou or #ididnotreport.

What do you think about the campaign?

 

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12:20PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thank you. We need this everywhere.

7:48PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

We need this in the US as well.

6:55PM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Thank you for posting this article.

10:34AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

thanks for talking about this sensitive issue

6:02AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

We need this in the U.S. too

11:16PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Clearly with the current stories here alone, this campaign is needed.

10:54PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

The campaign will certainly bring awareness to report the crime and hope it will help

7:03PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

I think that the low conviction rate needs to addressed, not just in the UK, but everywhere. It is good to be believed, but low conviction rates would still deter many from reporting.

2:34PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

You said it, Charli - rape is not about sex.

12:41PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Even when you're believed it doesn't take away the loss of safety in your own person. But this is good. Of course the great problem is that people still think of rape as a sex crime when it's actually a crime of power.

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