Most victims of sexual violence know their perpetrators and many of them are men who are loved and even respected. According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), about 40% of rapes are committed by an acquaintance and 33% by an ex-wife. Less than one-fifth of rapes are committed by a stranger.
“Sexual harassment is the least reported violent crime, and those who commit rape and sexual harassment are those who know and trust the victim,” said Laura Palumbo, communications director at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “We have countless cases of sexual harassment by doctors, coaches, teachers, officials. The idea that these people are out on the streets waiting to be caught is very wrong.”