A TikToker draws attention to why people don’t report sexual assault

A TikTok video sheds light on why many women do not report their assault to the police.

On May 11th @thesoulhaven posted a video of himself with the viral soundbite Be A Clown and the filter from Gita. She states that she reported her rapist to the police, but the police did not act on her behalf. In her caption, the user writes, “And they wonder why most aren’t reported…”

The creator is right: According to RAINN, for every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 310 are reported to the police. Of those 310 reports, only 50 lead to arrests. In addition, there is a backlog of over 70,000 untested rape kits in the United States.

@thesoulhaven and you wonder why most go unreported… #criminaljustice #rpe #endsexualviolence #abuseawareness #traumatok #police #findyouredge #fordforthebuilders ♬ Be A Clown – Gita

The creator claims police told her “there’s nothing they can do because he said he didn’t.”

Many commenters shared similar experiences.

One user wrote, “I was told by them in the same breath ‘He’s only 16 we don’t want to ruin his life’ and ‘You’re 16 you should have known better.'”

While another commented, “They coddled him don’t worry we get calls like this all the time” but I sat there crying my eyes and telling them every detail.”

Another said: “Police officers told me he was too young to understand what he was doing.”

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon experience. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, 1 in 6 American women will experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Sexual violence affects the psychological, emotional and physical levels of survivors and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Yet less than 1% of rapes result in criminal convictions.

The Daily Dot reached out to @thesoulhaven for comment but received no immediate response.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, harassment, or violence, or need additional sexual assault resources, contact the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at nsvrc.org.

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*Initial publication: May 20, 2022 3:59 pm CDT

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