About one in six men suffered sexual abuse in childhood, according to statistics provided by 1in6, an organization dedicated to providing resources and support services for victims.
RAINN reports that nearly 70% of victims don’t inform the police and that a mere 25% of reported assaults eventually result in an arrest.
According to the National Institute of Justice, factors that commonly prevent women from reporting attacks include distrust of authorities and fear of blame.
Intimate partner abuse and violence are never okay.
They’re more common than you might think, and it’s wholly within your power and your rights to get out safely.
*Total percentages exceed 100 because some victims had multiple assailants.
**Intimate partners include current and former spouses, opposite-sex and same-sex cohabiting partners, boyfriends/girlfriends, and dates.
Although responsibility for an attack lies solely with the perpetrator, there are ways you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
Check out our list of basic safety guidelines below for things you can do to help protect yourself from sexual assault.
If you’ve identified that your partner exhibits controlling or aggressive behaviors and you’re afraid to address these issues within your relationship, it’s time to get help.
Victims often don’t realize the dangers of their situation until it’s too late — the dynamic between the abuser and abused is strategically designed to discourage the victims from acknowledging or addressing the problem.
: Take your drink to the restroom with you, or pour it out before you step outside.