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    Why Victims Are Reluctant to Report Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse

    Why Victims Are Reluctant to Report Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse

    Why more women don’t report sexual assaults: A survivor speaks out.

    “Victims are often too ashamed to come forward. Sexual assault is a very humiliating and dehumanizing act against someone. The person really feels invaded and defiled, and there is a lot of shame attached to that,” Engel told ABC News.

    She continued, “Attached to that shame is a lot of self-blame. Victims of sexual assault almost always blame themselves, and we can understand why, because in our culture, we tend to blame victims in general. We say things like, ‘She shouldn’t have been wearing that kind of outfit, she shouldn’t have drank so much, why did she go to that party?’ We find some reason to blame the victim.”

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