Author: Julia Conyers-Boyd
Statistics show that one in three women has suffered the traumatic victimization of sexual assault at some point in her life. Although this number —provided by the National Crime Bureau and based on the women who actually report—may appear to be high, national law enforcement officials and mental health experts consider the estimate to be conservative. Many women who have been sexually assaulted don’t report the crime. The social stigma that continues to plague women and taint them with the responsibility for sexual assault has historically discouraged them from speaking out about their abuse.