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MYTH: Women provoke rape by the way they dress or the way they flirt.

REALITY: Women of all ages are raped. No one asks to be raped or sexually assaulted, nor does anyone's behavior justify or excuse the crime. Many convicted sexual assailants are unable to remember what their victims looked like or were wearing. People have a right to be safe from sexual assault at any time, any place, and under any circumstances.

SEXUAL ASSAULT MYTHS AND REALITIES

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MYTH: Women provoke rape by the way they dress or the way they flirt.

REALITY: Women of all ages are raped. No one asks to be raped or sexually assaulted, nor does anyone's behavior justify or excuse the crime. Many convicted sexual assailants are unable to remember what their victims looked like or were wearing. People have a right to be safe from sexual assault at any time, any place, and under any circumstances.


MYTH: Most rapes are committed at night by strangers in dark alleys.

REALITY: 77% of completed rapes are committed by someone who is known to the survivor. (Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sex Offenses and Offenders 1997). For example the perpetrator might be a partner or husband, an ex-partner, co-worker, or neighbor.


MYTH: Men rape because they are sexually aroused or have been sexually deprived.

REALITY: Rape is an expression of power and control and most often includes hostility towards women, the desire to feel and exert power and control, the desire to humiliate and degrade, and in some cases the desire to inflict pain. Sexual arousal is a strong urge, but is a controllable urge. The difference lies in whether people feel they have the right to take what they want by force or whether they respect the feelings and wishes of other people.


MYTH: Women lie about being raped.

REALITY: Rape is the most underreported crime of all. Only 16% of rapes are ever reported to the police. (Kilpatrick et al., Rape in America 1992.). Most keep it a private nightmare. Reporting a rape is especially difficult because of the need to discuss intimate details.  


MYTH: Men can never be raped.

REALITY: According to U.S Department of Justice 1997, an estimated 9% of rape survivors are male.


MYTH: It is impossible for a husband to sexually assault his wife.

REALITY: Regardless of marital or social relationship status, if a woman does not consent to having sex, it is rape.


MYTH: Women can avoid situations that can lead to rape.

REALITY: Most survivors are assaulted in an environment they considered safe and were raped by someone they thought they could trust. According to the US Department of Justice (Greenfeld, 1997) nearly 6 out of 10 rape/sexual assault incidents occur in the survivor's own home, at the home of a friend, relative, or neighbor.

 

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