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.

 

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