sex-abuse-myths

Common Sexual Abuse Myths

MYTH:

It will not happen to me.

FACT:

Anyone can be a victim of rape, as this crime has no boundaries. People hold strongly to this myth because it offers them a false sense of security. The truth is that people of all ages, races, socioeconomic groups and religious affiliations have been victims of rape.

MYTH:

Only women can be raped.

FACT:

Men can also be victims of rape. Faced with a gun or knife, most people will think only of surviving and not of the actual sexual assault. Men have been victimized by individual male assailants, gang raped by a group of male assailants, or in rare instances, by a woman.

MYTH:

Rape is a sexual crime where the attacker is seeking sexual gratification.

FACT:

Rape is a crime of violence in which sex is used as the weapon. The rapist attacks the victim, seeking power and control. His satisfaction is gained from dominating and humiliating a victim. Rape is never a crime of passion.

MYTH:

Rapists are usually outcasts from our society.

FACT:

Most rapists appear to be “normal” men in our society. Rapists may be young or old, and may be married or having ongoing, normal sexual relationships. Rapists come from all races, religions, and socioeconomic groups.

MYTH:

A person who has been drinking alcohol, using drugs, or dancing seductively is “just asking” to be raped.

FACT:

No one ever asks to be raped. For sex to be legal, both parties must be of age and consenting. Both parties must be able to mentally, emotionally, physically, and verbally choose to engage in the sexual activity. Vulnerable behaviors do not excuse the criminal behaviors of another person. The sexual appearance and/or seductive behaviors of a person NEVER equal consent.