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How the media gets rape and sexual assault wrong, according to survivors

“It feels like the media only report on rape and sexual violence when there is a celebrity involved, or when there is a false allegation case, which are incredibly rare,” says Emily Jacob.

“In reality though,” says Winnie M Li, “it could be your next door neighbour, it could be your sister, it could be you, right? And I think that’s why it’s so shocking, when people actually unfortunately become victims, themselves, it’s hard to map this understanding of rape that they hear about in the news, with what they’ve just gone through.”

Emily and Winnie are two of the seven people who feature in Life After Sexual Violence, a seven part series which throws a spotlight on the reality of life after a sex attack.

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