Why No One Ever Seems to Believe Rape Victims

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December 7, 2014

Traumatic rape can and has caused far more extreme discrepancies in victims’ minds. Lynn Hecht Schafran, director of Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program, highlighted several cases in which women had actually convinced themselves they had not been assaulted. “In the case of a woman who accused three Mets players of gang-rape, she said that after the attack, she made the bed and did not realize that she had been raped until three days later,” Schafran writes. In other cases, “the victim may acknowledge that she knew the rapist yet not be able to tell the police his name.”