Why Incest is Even More Underreported Than Other Types of Abuse


For certain reasons, a survivor of parental incest is less likely to speak out than survivors of other types of abuse.  (This is certainly true during the stage in the child’s life when the abuse is taking place.) And if the survivor of parental incest does eventually tell the other parent of the abuse, there are special reasons why this news is unlikely to reach the ears of the authorities. Finally, there are peculiar reasons why a survivor of parental incest who has spoken out is likely to retract their report.

An understanding of all three dimensions is important when incest is suspected or when seeking to take an incest case to court. The article below explains all of these three dimensions. (I wouldn’t necessarily agree with every last aspect of the article, but it is generally excellent.)