Is there a responsibility for victims of sexual violence to report it?
It’s a good idea for the safety of others.
Responsibility? Really? To relive your own personal hell? What about if you can’t even talk about it?
Many victims of actual trauma remain silent because they simply can’t do otherwise. It would be too much, too traumatic to even discuss. To put reporting “responsibility” on them is enough to piss me off. That said, I’m one who seriously questions “victims” who can’t shut up about their supposed experiences. People who brag about victimhood don’t sound anything like victims to me.
Sexual assault survivors should take whatever steps they feel most comfortable with taking. Unfortunately, many survivors face backlash, and most reported cases do not result in a conviction. It is not the survivor’s responsibility to prevent sexual assault; it is the responsibility of people to not sexually assault in the first place.
If the victim does not report it, law enforcement can’t act on it.
Yes and no. If the victim knows and nobody else does than yes. But we also need a welcoming environment to investigate those who do come forward. Otherwise victims will still feel scared of doing so. Likewise, we need some form of defense for those who are accused that are innocent.
If a person is sexually assaulted, and does not reported, it is their fault that the person gets away with sexual assault.
I would go so far as to say you are morally responsible if the person were to assault someone else. Not legally liable but morally since you could've stopped it from happening and had the person penalized for their crime
This ignores the fact that victims are often not believed or are blamed for their own assault. You can understand and why many victims wouldn’t want to speak up. It only makes it worse for them.
*I can understand why...