Sexual Assault

In giving language to my experience, I hope I can make rape less 'unspeakable.' I hope to dispel at least some part of the fear and shame that has made victims mute - Nancy Raine, After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back, 1998

Sexual Assault

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Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Some myths are so powerful that they change our perception of reality. Under their influence even the most obvious truths — or crimes — can be rendered invisible. Such as rape.

Hidden in Plain Sight is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.” Even if we want to see these facts, however, the many myths about rape prevent us from doing so.

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