The Toronto Star had this interesting article about cultural issues that inhibit reporting of sexual violence and how such inhibitions embolden attackers:
Young Muslim girls in Toronto schools are being targeted for sexual assaults because attackers consider them less likely to report the incidents to authorities, an education official told the Star.
In several cases, the students were harassed or assaulted because, as recent immigrants from the Muslim world, they were assumed to be from conservative families – where, for cultural reasons, sexual abuse can be considered shameful for the victim, say those familiar with the alleged incidents.
At least two sexual assaults against Muslims occurred at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate, the school where 15-year-old Jordan Manners was shot to death in May. But there have been other incidents at other schools, which were reported to police and dealt with, said the education official who did not want to be named because of an ongoing police probe into the allegations.
Others with community contacts said cultural beliefs were being exploited in these attacks.
Nasreen Karim, an assistant manager at the Muslim Welfare Home in Whitby, said sexual assaults are embarrassing for immigrants from Pakistan and India because of their cultural ethos, not their religion.
"I have a daughter. It would be embarrassing for parents," said Karim, who is from Pakistan. "They don't want to report, because they feel embarrassed. That's our culture. It's a virgin woman who goes to marriage."