Why do 4 in 10 Australians mistrust women’s reports of sexual assault? – ANROWS Notepad | 2 November 2021 – ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

A new ANROWS study, published yesterday, has revealed that a woman must meet unrealistic expectations for her report of sexual assault to be believed, while the accused man’s actions to gain or confirm consent are rarely scrutinised.

The report “Chuck her on a lie detector”: Investigating Australians’ mistrust in women’s reports of sexual assault combines the insights of 14 online focus groups with 40 men and 35 women, in which participants were asked questions about sexual consent and assault.

In the study, Kate and co-authors Dr Erin Carlisle and Dr Christine Coumarelos sought to understand why as many as four in 10 Australians mistrust women’s reports of sexual violence according to the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey. This is despite the fact that false allegations of sexual assault are extremely rare (one to 10 per cent) and nearly nine in ten (87%) women who experience sexual assault do not report it to the police.

 

Source: Why do 4 in 10 Australians mistrust women’s reports of sexual assault? – ANROWS Notepad | 2 November 2021 – ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

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