Some folks in Britain are concerned that this year's games could mean a spike in sexual assault cases all over the country.
According to domestic violence expert Allan Brimicombe, these assaults could occur within the crowds during the Olympic events. But that doesn't mean that Londoners stuck at home are any safer, as watching the games from home can still reach a boiling point for households with "troublesome relationships". BBC reports:
"That could lead to the spikes in domestic violence that we tend to see when people have to get on with each other.
"There is the added dimension that where you get large crowds you inevitably seem to get sexual assaults of different kinds."
"It's something we'd either like to know about or dismiss and without hard data it's always going to be hearsay."
"If we think about the quantities of young people and the stress of doing their sport at the Olympics that may well be part of the mix of what happens."
A 2011 report commissioned by the
group End Violence Against Women found
that big sports events can increase rates of intimate partner violence. One good example would be during the 2010 rugby
tournament in Wales, which saw a staggering increase in violence cases (79%) compared to the previous weekend when there was no
tournament. The report also mentions increased alcohol
consumption as a possible cause of increased violence during sporting
Such concerns has resulted in municipal authorities, charities, and
police are reportedly teaming up to establish a temporary center in east
London to help victims of domestic and sexual assault during the