I was raped by 6 men on a train on a long distance journey between scotland and england in 1980. I finally - through the help of one of my sisters - told my parents after 3 days. My mother said 'well you were wearing a skirt with a split in it....'!! No support whatsoever from my mother. Fiance's boyfriend said he didn't believe me as I 'wasn't acting like a real rape victim'...this model was based on a friend of his who, when she was 14 was raped. Been involved in rape research as a result... it's the only crime where the victim has to prove consent was not given. Disgusting.
We do NOT give permission for posts published as personal experiences to be reproduced, translated or otherwise published elsewhere. We will not contact people who submit their personal experiences on behalf of journalists, bloggers or other third sector organisations. These testimonies remain the intellectual copyright of their authors and must be treated with the ethical guidelines used by academics for research involving human subjects. Our full guidelines can be read here.