Study Finds Agencies Can React More Supportively Than Family & Friends to Victims’ Disclosures of Sexual Assault
In a study, sexual assault victims reported more negative reactions from informal supports (e.g. peers, family) than when disclosing sexual assault to police or community-based service providers.
Understanding the dynamics of how people and institutions react to sexual assault reports, and the impact of differing reactions on victims, is important at a time when society’s response to sexual assault is shifting toward community-coordinated action; law enforcement and community service providers working together. Read the article.