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#WhyWomenDontReport — 14 Tweets Illustrate the Obstacles Faced by Survivors of Sexual Assault

Thousands of women are sharing their stories and the reasons why so many find it difficult to report sexual violence.

On October 13th, a trending hashtag — #WhyWomenDontReport — brought the obstacles faced by survivors of sexual assault to light in a flood of thousands of personal messages.

From fear of not being believed to the trauma of going through with prosecution, survivors often find it difficult to report sexual assault or rape.

As the thousands of responses make clear, the decision to report sexual violence can be deeply personal and daunting.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, know that resources are available. 

Our Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. 212-227-3000

Survivors outside of NYC, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline. 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)