According to the American Medical Association(1995), sexual violence, and rape in particular, is considered the most under-reported violent crime.
The most common reasons given by victims for not reporting rapes are the belief that it is a personal or private matter, and that they fear reprisal from the assailant. A 2007 government report in England says ”Estimates from research suggest that between 75 and 95 percent of rape crimes are never reported to the police.”
Fear of not being believed, not wanting to get their attacker – who is often known to them – into trouble and a sense that they could or should have avoided the assault mean only a fraction of rape cases are being reported.
· Violence against women and girls is not confined to a specific culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women within a society. The roots of violence against women lie in persistent discrimination against women and girls.
· According to data available at the time of this application being put together, up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.
· According to World Bank data, women aged 15-44 suffer higher risk of becoming victims of rape and domestic violence than they risk cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, put together.
· Every fifth women in the world is going to experience rape during their lifetime.
Information from World Health Organization, Wikipedia and the book ”Rape; Challenging contemporary Thinking”.