A powerful piece by Ann Glaviano, on why she didn't report more formally her stalker and sexual harasser. So little is in place to ensure the safety of the victims after the report, that it often feels safer to go into hiding.
This is one of the reasons why I'm inclined to believe anyone reporting harassment or assault of any kind.
In not reporting, these women are taking action; they are enacting refusal. I didn’t report the man who stalked and harassed me because, in my rational assessment of the existing threat, the university’s investigatory and judicial processes, the likelihood of retaliation, and the protections offered, I reasoned that I would be safer crossing my fingers and hoping for the best than seeking recourse from the police or the university. In my city, and in every city, women are physically and psychologically terrorized on a daily basis. And the institutional systems currently in place that claim to protect women are so ineffective—the risks of participation are so great—that a majority of women are opting out of them.