What you are doing is very brave and the best thing for you – and that is getting help and advice. You are most welcome to continue writing to me and I will be glad to write back either here on the answer page or to your email address if…
Congratulations on having the courage to go through with the court case. Everything you have said in your letter about your family not understanding is unfortunately very common in situations like this. I am really sorry this is the case for you as well. But just because they won’t admit…
Rape is an act ofPOWERand CONTROLand sex is used as the weapon to achieve this.
Rape isNEVERthe survivors fault - rapists make the choice to rape and they are to blame. Silence does NOT mean consent. RAPE IS NOT ABOUT SEX... Rape is a CRIMEof violence that is committed through a sexual act. Reporting rape takes enormous courage - survivors do not take such steps lightly.
No Means No!
Saying "NO" to sex truly does mean saying "NO" to sex. Rape is a violent, traumatic & life changing experience that can happen to ANYONE in almost any situation.
PLEASE WATCH YOUR DRINKS:
About 25% of the cases we are seeing at the moment involve spiked drinks.
MAKE SURE FRIENDS GET HELP:
This happens to young and old.
If you know someone who has been raped (or suspect that they might have been raped) make sure they get to us IMMEDIATELY to get medication to prevent HIV and pregnancy - within 4 hours if possible and