42% of Australians believe that women make up false reports of sexual assault in order to punish men. 32% believe that “a female victim who does not leave an abusive relationship is responsible for the abuse continuing”.
Nine out of 10 women who have been sexually assaulted knew their assailant. But, according to the findings from the NCAS, only one third of Australians actually know this.
The root cause of this horrifying statistic is linked to two key findings of the 2017 NCAS: that denying gender inequality exists remains a huge problem, and promoting rigid gender roles has a significant impact on attitudes towards violence against women.