Number of reported rape cases up 75% in past five years

This may not mean more offenders, but more victims willing to come forward, say observers

The number of cases involving sexual assault by penetration surged to 13 in 2019 from just four in 2017. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER
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These barriers include shame and guilt, the fear of not being believed, and a lack of support and empathy from friends and family, she added.

The #MeToo movement overseas has also contributed to more conversations about sexual assault and people finding the courage to step forward, said Mr Marshall Lim, associate director of Invictus Law Corporation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2020, with the headline Number of reported rape cases up 75% in past five years. Subscribe