Rape, incest, assault: no, we do not file charges for money

In social networks, the testimonies of victims of violence multiply under the hashtag #onneportepasplaintepourl’argent, to denounce the instrumentalization of the denunciations and the accusations of venality they face.

IStereotypes die hard, even the most shameful ones. And a new hashtag comes to fight them: #We don’t complain about the money. Launched two days ago by activist doctoral student Marie Coquille-Chambel on Instagram, it aims to denounce the clichés that surround the rape victims, often accused of filing a claim for money.

The one who had confided last October that she had been raped by an actor from the Comédie Française started this movement on her personal account. “A man accused me of living off my rape and feminismbecause of the publication of my book #MeTooThéâtre,” she says. No rape victim makes money after a procedure, she explains, but they lose a lot more than that: “rebuilding is expensive: legal costs, psychiatric costs, moving, job loss”.

On Twitter, the # caused a lot of backlash. “So far I’ve gotten €0.00 from justice or my aggressors”“Today I ruin myself in therapy to get better”, “I spent my damages on therapies to help me rebuild myself”, we can read for example on the social network.

This new movement stresses the difficulty of filing a claim but also the significant financial expense that this entails.

a long battle

Victims must, in fact, manage the psychological, physical, social and economic consequences related to your rape or sexual assault. Post-traumatic stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sexually transmitted infections… The impacts on victims’ health are numerous. Socially and economically, some are even unemployed or far away.

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If the struggle to rebuild after so much violence is expensive and complicated, the court battle then that’s it. In her tweet, Marie Coquille-Chambel explains that to file a rape complaint “with a civil party”, victims must pay a deposit, which should cover the costs of the procedure – unless they are eligible for legal aid. . .

These legal difficulties, as well as the poor care of victims at police stations, were the subject of a previous hashtag in 2021, launched this time by feminist activist Anna Toumazoff: #DoublePeine. That same year, the collective #NousToutes announced that 66% of people who filed a complaint for violence were not well received by the police, according to the #PrendsMaPlainte survey. The group also reports that only 1% of complaints result in conviction.

ingrained stereotypes

If, according to a study carried out by the Ipsos Institute in November 2021, most French people now know what rape is, the stereotypesincluding filing a claim to earn money, persist in the population.

For example, 51% of respondents believe that “for a man it is more difficult to control his sexual desire than it is for a woman“. Furthermore, 36% believe that a provocative attitude on the part of a woman in public relieves the rapist of responsibility. And it doesn’t stop there: the clichés about clothing, “marital duty” and the responsibility of the victim still have a tough skin.

Especially since these are fueled by the rape culture that trivializes and even justifies rape and sexual assault in society.

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