17 Survivors Reveal What It's Like Trying To Take Their Rapists To Court

Put yourself in their shoes.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), only 32 out of every 100 rapes are reported. Of those same 100 rapes, only three are referred to a prosecutor and only two perpetrators go to jail.

Convicting a rapist is a challenge, and Elizabeth Brundige, an assistant professor at Cornell Law School, told the Ithaca Voice that testimony from a survivor can be helpful in certain situations. Though giving it can be daunting, it can also lead to closure.

People opened up about their experiences trying to prosecute their rapists on Whisper, an anonymous confessions app. Here are 17 solid reminders that regardless of the step in the process you are in, you are not alone.


The DA isn


I testified against my rapist today. It was the most empowering thing I
have ever done in my life. Don


My rapist was finally found guilty in court. I can finally walk free
without fear.


I was raped when I was 16, and when we went to court my rapist tried saying
since my body reacted I wanted it. Just because you get aroused does NOT
mean you wanted it. I


The closer I get to my court date, the closer I get to a full mental break
down. I dont want to see my rapist again.


2 1/2 years ago I was raped. He was finally put in jail.. But I found out
today the evidence was messed with and we won


I was raped at age 16, and charged the guy, it


My rapist goes to court tomorrow. They say he will walk if I don


This week I have faced my rapist in court. I feel like a new woman. It


I was raped 4 years ago. Court date got canceled. And the case was thrown
away. They let him go.




I regret letting the man who raped me get off with just probation because I


I always hate going to court and seeing my rapist, because I always have to
relive it and then I become even more depressed.


My rapist is trying to plea bargain. It feels like negotiating with a
terrorist, but I don


In one week I


I testified against the person that raped me. 12 years later. then was told
because it happened so long ago there was nothing they could do about it.


I was raped 8 years ago and his trial is finally going to happen in March.

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