A new sex survey has revealed that one in ten women say someone has made them have sex against their will at some point in their life.
The shocking stats were revealed in The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) where one in ten women and one in 71 men answered yes to the question, 'since the age of 13, has anyone made you have sex with them, against your will?'
Of those, only 42.2% of women told anyone about it and only 12.9% reported it to the police.
The study's lead author, Wendy Macdowall, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said, "These results shed light on an area that has historically been hidden, and that is rife with myths and misconceptions."
The report, which questioned 15,000 people aged 16 to 74, also revealed that in 75% of the cases, the victim knows the person responsible, with family members and friends of the family being the most common culprit in girls under 15.
In women over 20-years-old, current or former partners account for seven out of ten cases.
It was concluded in the findings that people who had experienced sexual coercion were more likely to have mental and sexual health problems, including depression, as a result.
This report coincides with a government report from the Office of the Children's Commissioner than teens under 19 don't fully understand what constitutes rape, going some way to explaining why people don't speak out.
"Young people seem to think of rape as something that happens when a stranger attacks you in the night, in a dark alley, drags you off somewhere screaming and forces sex upon you," said Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz.
"They don't understand that forced sex between two people who actually know each other – even if that is very tenuous like you've just met somebody in a club, then that too is rape."
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