Don’t read my blog today. Read this instead.
Yes, it’s from a female perspective. The writer is a female; that colours her experience. I have no idea if male survivors are “encouraged” to report in the same way, or told that it’s their fault if their rapist rapes again. I know it happens to a lot of women. I know that some self-defence writers believe it hard enough to put it in their books. (Incidentally, did you know that if you throw a paperback at a wall hard enough, you can make it rain pages?) I know that it can affect the medical care you receive, or fail to receive. And I know it’s messed up in a variety of ways, and it really ought to stop.
So please read this, absorb it, gender-neutralise it to your heart’s content, and hit people on the head with it until it sinks in. Please. Doesn’t apply 100% of the time to 100% of the people, but when it does it’s a right kick in the teeth.