According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics fewer than 20% of rapes are reported and since 1993 fewer than 3% ended with a criminal conviction.
Rape in the vast majority of cases is committed by a person known to the victim.
A government survey in 2000 found that 59% of women and 25% of men in Australia had experienced at least one sexual assault.
Rape can have a devastating and life-long affect on victims and their families.
Women are exposed to a culture of rape in the same way that men are exposed to a culture of violence, with both cultures requiring a societal change.
If you have been the victim of rape or sexual abuse or sexual assault call Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria for free, prompt and professional assistance, advice and support on 1800 000 055 or make an enquiry now at www.victimsofcrime.com.au