Survivors of rape and sexual assault are often silenced through fear, shame and blame which prevents them receiving the help they deserve.
Being under 18, having mental illness, learning difficulties, alcohol and drug consumption are all factors which increase an individual's vulnerability to rape but also negatively impacts success in conviction: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2014/02/28/rape-has-been-decriminalised-for-the-most-vulnerable-says-senior-met-adviser/
Diminished faith in the police is also a pressing issue.
The fact which disturbs me the most is that rape culture normalises sexual crime thus inhibits protection of vulnerable individuals from abuse which reinforces victim blaming and empowers abusers.
When survivors do manage to seek support there isn't enough available because of a severe lack of funding.
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) are committed to providing services to survivors of rape and sexual abuse, as well as committed to dispelling myths, raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence. Their aim is to provide a safe environment for survivors to seek support and the justice they deserve.
*Please* join me in my activism against rape culture, and support survivors of rape and sexual assault.