Rape victim Tegan's call
Positive stories such as Tegan Wagner's defiance of her gang rapists do not cause a surge in calls to the NSW Rape Crisis Centre, its manager says.
Rather it is "horror" stories that prompt women to retrieve memories and report their ordeals, NSW Rape Crisis Centre manager Karen Willis said.
The centre had not experienced or expected a spike in calls after Tegan took the extraordinary step of putting herself in the public eye, Ms Willis said.
I'm disheartened by this information. I would like to think that actions such as Tegan's help destigmatise rape, which is still the only crime where the victim is routinely blamed for their own assault, and that destigmatising would help to minimise the trauma that rape entails.
"Tegan did a great job - we knew she was really strong and determined, and what she's done is incredibly difficult," she said.
"But it's important to remember not every woman can do that - everyone must deal with it in their own way.
"Unfortunately, the sorts of things that trigger people more are the horror stories rather than the good, positive stories."
It feels wrong that somehow it is the more prurient reports of rapes, which dwell on horror stories, that actually lead to more rape victims coming forward to report their assaults.