If nearly 2/3 of rapes go unreported, then how do they know about them?
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 2/3 of completed rapes go undreported. If this is true. Where does this statistic come from?
- Voice of LibertyLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
This is an educated guess based on self reports and surveys. When they say "unreported" they mean that no formal complaint/report was made to a law-enforcement agency.
Also, much of this data comes from NIBRS or UCR crime reports and not every ageny or jurisdiction files those reports.
- trooper3316Lv 71 decade ago
The main reason rapes go unreported is due to the victim being embarrassed, and not wanting to share the details with a stranger, or suffer public humiliaiton by having thier credibility attacked.
By doing an anonymous polling, or by polling counseling agencies, an more accurate number can be determined because the identity of the person is not revealed.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Probably more than you think. Male on male rape happens in prisons and in same-sex relationships. Forced physical female on male rape is likely very uncommon, but it is possible that some women may blackmail their partners into having sex with them when they don't want it. The problem is (thanks to recent feminism) many people refuse to believe a man could be a victim- if a man reports he will likely face ridicule and not be taken seriously. Unfortunately we don't have statistics for rapes that go unreported- and that's why feminists love rape statistics so much- they make it look like rape never happens to men at all.
- Deep ThoughtLv 51 decade ago
Polls given to women concerning sexual behavior and when the numbers are probed it shows that some women don't report a rape out of shame and embarassment.
Off topic: I know a girl who was raped by another dorm mate when I was in college. We were ready to take her to campus police and drag him along too. She refused to go because it would hurt her father too much.
We chose instead to get him involved in a mud football game, as "buddies". He got the ball a lot and he got tackled kind of hard a few times. The dentist put a crown on the tooth he broke. After that no one talked about it but we noticed she was happier the rest of the semester.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
There are so many ways to help woman out today. You do not need to go to the police any more to seek help. To seek a better choice for you to make. Just because it's not reported does not mean it did not happen. It's that somebody might of went to a woman clinic and asked to see a councilor.
Just remember that talking and filling a report are two different thing. The talking is still a way of calculating your 2/3, because the number is sealed with out a name on it.
- steddy voterLv 61 decade ago
Medical centers, physicians, counseling services, polls, adoption agencies, etc.
Especially in cases of date rape, it can be a very difficult process for a woman to press charges, because it is the type of thing that is so hard to prove. Also, there have been women in the past who falsely scream foul play, which makes it even more difficult for women to press charges. The woman ends up looking like the bad guy, which is not always the case.Source(s): I'm one those women who was a victim of it, and chose not to report it.
- scorch_22Lv 61 decade ago
its an educated guess based on many of the things that other people brought up surveys, women who seek medical attention,women who go public years later, and yes a fair amount of guessing. Its also worth nothing that a fair amount of men get raped and dont report it due to shame.
- 1 decade ago
Women develop psych problems, emotional problems, physical problems, and the underlying cause ends up being this unreported situation.
Kids are scared.
Teens are scared of their parents, authorities.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
- outcropLv 51 decade ago
Gee, maybe they surveyed women if they have ever been raped and whether or not they reported it. Or, you could simply compare the response percentage of those having been sexually assaulted to the reported per centage....