5 Myths About Sexual Assault

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    1. Rapists are evil strangers who lurk about and prey on unsuspecting victims. The reality is that roughly 80% of victims know their assailant. Sadly, many of the victims are targeted by those they love: wives by husbands, and children by parents. There is no one race, age group, gender or socioeconomic background that has a monopoly on rapists. Frighteningly, they are all around us, many are married or in a serious relationship, and most seem quite normal to their friends and coworkers.

     

    2. Rape is about sex. The truth is that rape is committed by those who find pleasure in overpowering another human being. It's about anger, power and sadism. Women and children are targeted because they are vulnerable --not because they are sexually provocative. Babies who are only 6 months old and the elderly have been targeted, so it has nothing to do with being sexy.

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    3. Most accusations are false. Actually, the majority of rapes are never reported to the authorities, and false accusations are no higher for rape than other crimes. 

     

    4. Those raped were "asking for it".

    No one deserves to be raped no matter what they were doing, or where they were. Just because a woman "dresses provocatively", was intoxicated, or was a "flirt", doesn't mean a man can take and use her body against her will.

     

    5. I'm sure I don't know anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual activity, which includes stranger rape, acquaintance rape, marital rape, child molestation and incest. Sadly, sexual assault happens all the time. A sexual assault takes place every 2 minutes. 1 in 6 women will be assaulted in their lifetime. Over the past two years, the Department of Justice has found a 42-percent increase in reported domestic violence and a 25-percent increase in the reported incidence of rape and sexual assault. Approximately 15% to 25% of women and 5% to 15% of men were sexually abused when they were children.

Published On: March 26, 2009