It can be hard to determine whether a rise in sexual violence claims, reports or cases is due to an increase in assaults or in survivor communication, or both. Calls to RAINN’s hotlines surged in 2017 with the rise of #MeToo.
“I think it's both,” Professor Callie Rennison of the University of Colorado Denver told NPR of the rising survey rates.
“I think that people are more willing to share this with interviewers and tell about victimizations they’ve experienced, but I also think that a part of it could be, is that there has been, among some people, I don't know, this idea that grabbing people—which is sexual assault—or raping, isn't a big deal. And so we might be seeing just actual more offenses, as well.”
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