Social Stigma Barrier to Reporting Rape Crimes in the UAE, Reports YouGov Siraj
These are the findings from YouGov Siraj’s lifestyle poll, collected from an Omnibus survey conducted between 22nd to 27th of December 2009. 980 UAE residents were interviewed. The research addresses various topical interests which relate to consumer sentiment towards general lifestyle issues.
The study shows 77% of UAE residents would report rape attacks to the police. However, the majority of women say they would refrain from reporting a rape case. When asked about what discourages them, 55% of female respondents claim they are worried about family or their own reputation. 49% fear of being judged by society or unjustly accused of immoral behaviour.
"Arab women are less likely to report sexual assaults to the police owing to concerns that the allegations could damage their family’s reputation. This research shows the true power of online research, where opinion can be gathered on very sensitive topics like rape. In many cases women are concerned about ending up on trial, or fear the authorities will uncover other infractions such as visa breaches or consuming alcohol without a licence," said Iman Annab, CEO, YouGov Siraj.
Although the report shows only 1% of those surveyed have been victims of rape, assault and other violent crimes seem to be common. When respondents were asked to explain how they are occasionally harassed (other than sexual), 8% of Emiratis and Arab Expats and 58% of Westerners and other expat claim being victims of violence or damage threats. Also, more than half of the expats (59%) say they have been victims of road rage or harassment while driving.