Myths About Sexual Assault
Most rapists are strangers - FALSE
When most people think about how rapes occur, they imagine desolate dark alleyways late at night and the attacker being a stranger. The truth is the majority of people who commit rape know their victims. They may be relatives, friends or work colleagues.
Men cannot be sexually assaulted - FALSE
She/he was raped because of the way they were dancing and the way they were dressed - FALSE
The way a person dresses or dances does not cause rape. The cause for rape lies with the person committing the rape.
Male rape is a gay crime
All rape victims have injuries - FALSE
A rape victim always needs to say NO to show they don't consent - FALSE
There is a presumption that all rape victims need to say the word 'no' to state that they do not consent to sex. The reality is that some victims will 'freeze' during an attack. This is sometimes due to shock or fear of the attacker.
The police won't believe me - FALSE
The police take ALL rape and sexual assault reports seriously. No matter who you are, how long ago the assault happened, or how it took place, the police are committed to listening, understanding and helping you through this difficult time while ALWAYS listening to and respecting your wishes.
Rape cannot happen between husband and wife - FALSE
Rape trauma syndrome is a transient problem. Most healthy people will return to a normal state of functioning within a year. - FALSE
Surviving a rape can lead a woman to a better understanding of her own strength, but rape is a life changing experience. Rape has a devastating effect on the mental health of victims, with nearly one-third (31%) of all rape victims developing Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (RR-PTSD) some time in their lifetimes. More than one in ten rape victims currently suffer from RR-PTSD. (National Victim Center and Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center)
You can tell a rapist by the way he looks. - FALSE
Rapists are not physically identifiable. They may appear friendly, normal, and non-threatening. Many are young, married and have children.
Rape is just unwanted sex and isn't really a violent crime. - FALSE
Rape only occurs outside and at night. – FALSE
Rape can and does occur anytime and anyplace. Many rapes occur during the day and in the victims' homes.
Unless a weapon is used, it isn't rape. - FALSE
If he bought dinner, she "owes" him sex. -FALSE
No one "owes" sex for anything.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Mon Apr 8, 2013 8:20:24 AM
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