A study conducted by Marquette University offers insight into why many victims don’t report incidents of sexual assault. Researchers analyzed interviews with 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 17 and found young women fear being labeled a “whore,” believe men can’t help themselves, and view many inappropriate acts as “normal.”
“They grab you, touch your butt, and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away. But it’s okay, I mean…I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone,” says one interview subject.
So the young women opt to just endure or ignore the behavior.
Additionally, many of the girls doubt anything outside of forcible heterosexual intercourse counts as a sexual offense.
Girls also don’t support other girls when they report sexual violence, according to the study. And with the fear of being called “slut” or “fast,” coupled with possible accusations of exaggerating or lying, chances of young women reporting sexual abuse are slim.