Module V: Why Victims Don't Report
Key Points: Why Victims Don't Report
- Fear of the abuser, trauma and shame often keep victims from reporting intimate partner sexual abuse.
- Victims may not recognize their abuser's conduct as rape, or may view sex with their husbands as a "wifely duty."
- Victims may not know that marital rape is against the law.
- Victims are aware of the extreme suspicion facing rape complainants and are afraid of being disbelieved.
- Victims from minority racial, cultural, sexual orientation and gender identity groups fear that they will be misunderstood, disbelieved, suffer repercussions from their communities and perpetuate negative stereotypes if they disclose.
- Immigrant women who are victims of intimate partner sexual abuse face additional barriers to reporting these crimes including: language barriers, poorly trained interpreters, cultural pressures, ignorance of the law, and deportation or immigration status concerns.
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