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Fear, shame, stigma and self-blame keep many women and youth who have experienced sexual violence silent. 

A Canadian statistic tells us that victimization surveys show that less than 10% of women who are sexually assaulted report the assault to the police.  Most women do not report due to humiliation or fear of re-victimization (Assessing Violence Against Women: A Statistical Profile, 2002, p.19).

 

But many survivors of sexual violence do choose to talk to someone close to them, or someone they trust: a family member, friend, teacher, religious leader, community leader, or medical professional. 

 

If you have a helping role in your community, chances are fair that at some time, someone who has experienced sexual violence will disclose to you.

What could you do or say to help? Click here to learn more.

 

 

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