Because of our patriarchal system, there are many, many barriers that survivors face when trying to tell their stories, seek justice, or simply trying to move on to a violence free life.
We don’t live in a culture that values women’s voices as much as men’s, so the justice system can often be more traumatizing than the violence itself. Women’s voices are not believed, sometimes by their close circles of support. In reality, our systems are designed by, and for, white men. It’s not surprising that many of those who have been victimized find it challenging to navigate these systems.
In addition to the barriers experienced by all those with lived experience, rural women often have additional challenges to deal with.