Too often when a victim’s cry for help is heard, they’re met with skepticism, a slew of nosy questions, or worse, told that they don’t even deserve to be helped at all. In the process, their chance at recovery is often shattered.
Yet that’s exactly what happens every time we tell a victim that we don’t believe them. In fact, studies show that for some victims, the trauma of not being believed has more of an effect on them than the actual assault itself.
So why then are we so critical as a society when it comes to which victims we should believe, and which ones we shouldn’t? And why — more often than not — do we tend to not believe the girl crying “assault?”
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