By: James Buechele
November 22, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - "We will not end sexual assault until we're honest about what a problem it is in our communities," said executive director of Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) Jennifer Dritt.
According to the National Women's Study, 1 in 5 women will actually report a sexual assault. That's 82% of cases going unreported. The study found only 7% of all reports are false.
"You can't say there are this few successful prosecutions and that means it's doesn't happen. And that most people are making false reports. There's no relationship between those two things."
The Refuge House in Tallahassee helps 100 women a year in rape crisis situations.
"For those victims who are there wondering now reading the paper whether it's safe for them to come forward to seek help to know they're not alone that help is available and that help is possible," said executive director Meg Baldwin.
Dritt adds there's no rush to jump to conclusions.
"There isn't any reason to vilify either one of the parties. It does not helpful to vilify our survivor. It's not helpful to assume guilt or innocence and you can support survivors and kind of withhold judgment and let the system run its course."
The Refuge House has a 24 hour hotline for sexual assault at 850-681-2111.