Check out the reality behind the myth:
They may be afraid of not being believed and that people will think badly of them.
They may have nowhere to go, their children or family may be threatened, they may be afraid of splitting up the family.
The thought of going through the trauma attached to reporting to the police and attending court can frighten many preventing them from telling anyone.
Remember: The British legal justice system is based upon the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. In order to prove a case they may need to undergo an intimate medical examination; they will be asked questions of an intimate nature by strangers i.e. police officers, doctors, barristers, judges; they will often have a long wait before any court proceedings start; and when they do start they will have to ‘re-live’ their experience over again. Many women choose to withdraw the complaint once they realise what they face. Others withdraw a complaint of rape, as they fear reprisals from the attacker particularly when it is an acquaintance (93% of rape is by an acquaintance).
Choosing not to proceed with a complaint does not make the original allegation false!