Victims of rape and attempted rape who did not report to the police did not report for a number of reasons.
43% of victims did not report because they thought that nothing could be done, 27% thought it was a private matter, 12% were afraid of the police response, and 12% felt it was not important enough to report.
For a victim, it is a humiliating and degrading act. Sexual offenders are “ordinary” and “normal” individuals who come from all educational, occupational, racial, and cultural backgrounds. This myth exemplifies our cultural tendency to blame victims – it is not the case that victims are assaulted because they failed to spot an obvious perpetrator. Approximately one in six men will be victims of sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
Being a victim of sexual violence does not make a man less “manly” and does not have implications for his sexual orientation.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.