VA Study Highlights the Effects of Rape Culture on Sexual Assault Reporting - Page 2
So 'individually' thousands of people make the decision across the country that 'this case' doesn't 'rise to the level' of reportable. And thousands of potential predators don't get reported. Thousands of sexual assault victims don't get justice.
What do we do about it? Trust women and men who come forward with accusations. Assume they're telling the truth. Assume it's as bad as they say it is. Take their accusations seriously and help them report to the proper authorities and let the investigation continue from there. Even if a woman is 'shrill'. Even if a man is unpleasant. Even if a woman is dressed in too-tight clothes. Even if a man is high or drunk. Even if it was a spouse or partner. Even if the accuser is mentally ill.
Trust, assume that the person is telling the truth, and report it to the authorities. It's the right thing to do. Whether the person is a patient, a client, a co-worker, a vendor, a boss, or a friend or loved one. Trust.