Myths and Facts - - 2003-06-05 17:00:00
is About Power, Control, and Anger
Think about the unthinkable. Don't
mask the facts about rape with myths and stereotypes.
MYTH: Rape is about sex and
FACT: Rape is an act of violence. It is
an attempt to control and degrade using sex as a
MYTH: Most rapes are committed by
FACT: It is estimated that 80% of rapes
are committed by someone the victim knows.
MYTH: Most rapes occur when women are
out alone at night.
FACT: Nearly 6 out of 10 rapes occur in
the victim's home or in some other private residence.
MYTH: Rape is an impulsive,
uncontrollable act of sexual gratification.
FACT: Most rapes are planned. Studies have
shown that between 60 percent to 75 percent of rapes are planned in
MYTH: Only young, beautiful women get
FACT: Rapists attack women of all races,
all ages, without regard to physical appearance.
MYTH: Women enjoy being raped. Women
secretly want to be raped.
FACT: Rape is a violent, often brutal,
terrifying crime. No one wants to be raped.
MYTH: Women who are raped were asking
FACT: No one asks to be raped. A victim
should never be blamed for someone else's violent
MYTH: Women frequently cry "rape."
There is a high rate of false reporting.
FACTS: Studies show that less than 2% of
rapes are falsely
MYTH: Women who say "No" really mean
FACT: When a woman says no, the answer is
MYTH: I don’t know anyone who’s ever
FACTS: Rape victims are doctors, teachers,
nurses, students, social workers, engineers. It can be anyone.
are you do know someone that has been raped. However, the person usually keeps
such information private.
MYTH: Women owe men sex under some
If he bought dinner she "owes" him sex.
FACTS: No one "owes" sex for anything, as
human beings we should have the freedom to make sexual choices regardless of the