The fact remains that the vast majority of sex crimes are committed by men against women.
- The vast majority of those who make the laws are men, the majority of lawyers, judges, and police are men.
- Men tend to control the power within society and have no or little experience of sexual violence.
- Public attitudes tend to focus far too much on the behaviour of the victim than on condemnation of the perpetrator.
A November 2005 ICM poll for Amnesty International found:
- One third (34%) of people in the UK believe that a woman is partially or totally responsible for being raped if she has behaved in a flirtatious manner.
- More than a quarter (26%) of those asked said that they thought a women was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing, and more than one in five (22%) held the same view if a woman had had many sexual partners.
- Around one in 12 people (8%) believed that a woman was totally responsible for being raped if she’d had many sexual partners.
- More than a quarter of people (30%) said that a woman was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was drunk, and more than a third (37%) held the same view if the woman had failed to clearly say “no” to the man.
- 96% of those polled saying they either didn’t know the true extent of rape or that they thought it was far lower than the true figure.
- Only 4% of respondents even thought the number of women raped exceeds 10,000 per year when the true figure is likely to be well in excess of 50,000.
Did you know?
- England and Wales has been slow to condemn sexual violence and protect the rights of women. It was not until 1992 that the Court of Appeal ruled that a man could be prosecuted for rape of his wife. Prior to this, women were deemed to have consented to sex by marrying their husband.
- Fewer than 10 police forces in England and Wales have dedicated rape teams.
- Rape victims needing counselling face waiting lists of up to a year according to South Essex Rape and Incest Centre.