The number of people claiming to be victims of sexual violence in France rose in 2017 in the wake of the women's freedom movement, according to a large statistical survey published Thursday, December 6.
The study of the National Observatory of Delinquency and Criminal Responses (ONDRP) and INSEE, published on Thursday 6 December, reveals a "strong increase", from 173,000 in 2016 to 265,000 in 2017, the number of people who feel victims of this "non-domestic" violence, that is, committed by a third party who does not live with them.
In this twelfth annual survey on "victimization" and the perception of security, the ONDRP and the National Institute of Statistics ask however to take these figures "with caution".
An awareness from the "MeToo" movement
The reformulation of the issues related to "sexual violence" was therefore able to increase the number of reporters and to provoke a "technical" break in the statistical series collected over the years.
Above all, the "context of freedom of speech on sexual violence shortly before the collection of data on the" Weinstein "case and the" MeToo "movement could have led to" an awareness on the part of the respondents of their victim status, the representation of what is sexual violence, and therefore bring a stronger declaration of the victims, "says the ONDRP.
Of these victims, 93,000 report rape or attempt rape, compared to 58,000 in 2016).
A march to denounce violence against women