What lies behind the hidden figure of sexual assault?

What lies behind the hidden figure of sexual assault?

Issues of prevalence and disclosure

Alexandra Neame and Melanie Heenan

ACSSA Briefing No. 1 — September 2003
What lies behind the hidden figure of sexual assault?

This paper considers several groups of victim/survivors of sexual assault which are less likely to appear within the estimates of large-scale victimisation studies. The authors draw on research that uses targeted approaches to identify the 'hidden' prevalence of sexual assault among adults who were sexually assaulted as children, women from non-English-speaking backgrounds, sex industry workers and young homeless people. As well as being less visible in victimisation surveys, these groups of victim/survivors are less likely to disclose their experiences or report the sexual assault to the police, and often feel unable to access support.

Publication details

ACSSA Briefing
No. 1
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2003.
16 pp.
ISSN: 
1448-8167
ISBN: 
0-642-39504-7

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