“Around the world, violence against women continues as one of the most destructive and yet tolerated human rights violations.” – Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS Executive Director
MacDougall says there are many reasons as to why most survivors don’t report sexual violence to the police, including:
- Fear of not being believed
- Worry of the stigma/shame that follows
- Lack of police taking action
She also mentioned these victims have valid reason to believe the police won’t take them seriously. She states many sexual violence cases are deemed unfounded by the RCMP – meaning they’re shut down with no further investigation.
“They’re just dismissed outright, so that’s a reason why survivors don’t report because of the concern that the police aren’t going to do anything” – Angela Marie MacDougall