All this week CARA is asking families, groups of friends, work colleagues and classmates, as well as professionals, including teachers and healthcare workers, to talk about sexual abuse and sexual violence. CARA is doing this as part of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which runs from 6-12th February. To help encourage discussion, CARA will be sharing facts and statistics that challenge some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Sexual abuse and sexual violence – the facts #itsnotok
- Last year in Essex, an estimated 23,000 women and 3,500 men experienced some form of sexual violence (Based on figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2015). #itsnotok.
- An estimated 1 in 20 children have been sexually abused (NSPCC)– that’s 1 or 2 in every school classroom. #itsnotok.
- 90% of victims know the abuser before the attack (Ministry of Justice). Abusers can be friends, family members, neighbours, school-mates or work colleagues. #itsnotok.
- Many victims take days, weeks, months or even years to tell someone about what has happened to them. Only around 15% report what has happened to them to the police (Ministry of Justice). Many victims fear they will not be believed. #itsnotok.
- The criminal justice system fails many victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence. In Essex last year, only 6% of reported rapes resulted in the rapist being convicted. (HMIC Rape Monitoring Group). #itsnotok.