Petition Stop counselling notes of rape survivors being used in court.
Victims of rape and sexual assault are not allowed counselling as lawyers can request their counselling notes which can be used against them, if their case goes to court. Victims of this nature should feel able to speak freely in a safe space without potential repercussions to their case.
Counselling is so important for the mental health of survivors as 94% of women who are raped experience PTSD and 30% of these women will still suffer 9 months after the incident. Furthermore 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide and 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
3 in every 4 rapes go unreported because of lack of help and support from the system. This is another barrier rape survivors have to face.
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