The United States has seen an unprecedented number of sex crimes revealed in Hollywood, in politics, and in corporate America. We’re also seeing an unprecedented number of pedophilia rings discovered and busted. But, the real question is: Are victims seeking justice and are their perpetrators being arrested and imprisoned?
The sad fact is it’s too soon to tell if the prosecution rate is rising as fast as the crimes are occuring. But, if history is any indicator, most sex crimes go under reported. However, in recent times, we’re seeing a number of famous people come forward to name their sexual predators, which in turn emboldens those with less fame to file complaints. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the trend of how most sex crimes go under reported and the reasons why.
Sex Abuse and the Statistics
When we share the facts about sexual abuse we also open the channels for communication to take place about it as a crime. Here are some of the sex abuse crime statistics as reported by the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Database (NSOPW):
- Only 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to law enforcement.
- 9.3% of those cases reported in 2012 were of maltreatment of children and classified as sexual abuse.
- In 2012, there were approximately 63,000 cases of child sexual abuse reported.
- In 2012, there were nearly 347,000 reported cases of rape or sexual assault taking place on persons 12 years old or older, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Criminal Victimization Survey.
- 20 million out of 112 million adult women (or 18%) have been raped in their life.
- Only 16% of all rapes actually get reported to authorities.
Why Do Most Sex Crimes Victims Not Receive Justice?
There is a myriad of reasons that a great many sex crimes continue to go under reported and the victims never receive the justice they deserve. Here are some of those reasons: 1
- Shame is still a leading reason women don’t come forward to name a sexual predator.
- A lot of cases that reach prosecution are often closed because of lack of evidence.
- In a lot of cases, the criminals are never caught.
- Another surprising finding is that some people refuse to file a complaint, because they fear it will end up costing them time away from work or even losing their job.
- Denial and minimization – meaning victims will either blame themselves or they refuse to see the treatment they received as a crime or abuse.
- Some victims have such low self-esteem that they don’t even consider what they’ve gone through as very serious or a violation.
- Victims of repeated abuse will sometimes view their situation as hopeless, and therefore give up any notion of getting help.
- Also, those with a history of repeated sexual abuse may be more reluctant to seek help, because they will either feel like they are crying wolf or they won’t be taken seriously.
- Lastly, a lot of times women won’t report sex abuse crimes, because they were either drugged or inebriated at the time of the abuse.
Our society needs to do a better job of encouraging victims of sex abuse crimes to come forward. Not only would it help them with closure and healing, but it could possibly stop any further abuse by that predator.
Contact an Arapahoe County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer with the Law Firm of John F. Miquel
Have you been accused, charged and/or arrested for a sex crime? If so, contact the Arapahoe County Sex Crime Defense Lawyer at the Law Firm of John F. Miquel. Those accused of sex abuse crimes deserve legal advocacy too! Don’t chance your future without a lawyer, if you are accused of a sex crime. It’s a very serious matter and the impacts can be very severe – including everything from losing a job, dissolving a marriage, and possibly spending time in prison.
For nearly 20 years, attorney John F. Miquel has aggressively defended those accused of all kinds of sex crimes. To set up an appointment, call us at (303) 416-6369 or email us via the contact form on this page.
1“Why Don’t Victims of Sexual Harassment Come Forward Sooner?” published in Psychology Today, Nov. 2017.