Protect all Rape Survivors, Prosecute Rapists
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Protect all Rape Survivors, Prosecute Rapists

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      SlutWalk London

      London, United Kingdom

Only 7 out of every 100 reported rapists are convicted. The other 93 go free.

When rape is reported, police often dismiss or downgrade the complaint, lose or
fail to collect evidence, refuse to interview witnesses or make arrests, and blame
the victim (usually a woman or girl) rather than the rapist. Some victims are even
accused of lying, prosecuted and imprisoned while their attackers go free.

In court the evidence is rarely presented fully and fairly. Instead, the victim is put
on trial and her sexual history, mental health, immigration status or occupation are
raised to discredit her and excuse the rapist. Many victims have called this a second
rape. This reinforces the insult that women are sluts, telling potential
attackers that our bodies are not our own, but theirs to do what they like with.

This has to change. We demand that the authorities finally take rape seriously by
thoroughly investigating and prosecuting, so that more rapists are convicted, men
generally are discouraged from sexual violence, and women get the safety and
justice we deserve. We all have a right to live free from the fear of rape.

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    • Aasiyaah Fenwick LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Rape should not be tolerated!!! We need death sentences for rapists!

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    • Meredith O'Shea CHARLOTTE, NC
      • 9 months ago

      I never reported my rapist and its been three years and I still pretend it never happened.

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    • Patrick Slade WARRINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      There are far too many instances where the powers that be take an expedient view of justice. The plight of women who face discrimination is one of the most disturbing. I believe that the government and all its agencies need to focus far more on the traditions of wisdom and compassion. Judges should be able to consider the devastating effect that rape can have on a woman, not only in the short term, but in many instance for the rest of her life. To, in effect, legalise rape on the ground that a woman is wearing a low cropped top or miniskirt, or to legalise rape on the ground that the victim is not in the country legally, to legalise rape on the ground of the victims mental health is only one very small step away from legalising rape against all women.

      I write this as a man who has never been raped and neither have I ever knowingly come into any kind of contact with a rape victim. I am simply appalled at the way that those in a position of responsiblity behave and have the tiny amount of imaginattion that is needed to, at least, understand that rape is a devastating crime against women. the fact that I have not experienced it does not, and never will make it acceptable. Many police officers and judges seem to be incapable of having any empathy outside their own very limited experience.

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    • Charlotte Lancaster LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Because i strongly believe in it

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    • Sophie Brookes ISLE OF WIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I'm signing because I was scared to speak out about a friend who assaulted me. I had help to understand why it was the right thing to do. And to let people know that somebody will always care.

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