A study from the End Violence Against Women Coalition has revealed a “worrying lack of understanding of what rape actually is”.

The concerning statistics show the need for a significant change in public perceptions surrounding sexual abuse.

In the 2018/19 academic year to date, a quarter of all Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) grant recipient charities have been those dealing with domestic and sexual abuse demonstrating these are issues young people are concerned about yet feel empowered to tackle.

Jonathan Christie is UK Deputy Director at The Wood Foundation – the manager and principal funder of YPI in Scotland. He said:

“These statistics make for difficult reading and demonstrates a real need to change the way society speaks about sexual abuse.

“What can give us real hope though is the fact that a quarter of all YPI recipient charities in this academic year have been those supporting survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.

“Young people are, at a formative stage, learning about these issues and feel confident to voice the impacts of this sensitive topic.

“Empowering young people to speak out, speak up and make a difference is hugely important for the evolution of such attitudes.”

YPI is delivered in 250 Scottish secondary schools. Through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition, each school awards a grant of £3000 to a local, grassroots charity tackling a social issue.

More details from the report can be found here: http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/study-shows-lack-of-understanding-of-what-rape-is