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Myths Vs. Facts

Myth: Rape is an act of lust and desire for sexual gratification

Fact: Rape is a violent act that is often motivated by desire to dominate and control another individual


Myth: Most instances of rape are committed by strangers

Fact: In higher educational institutions 9 out of 10 survivors of rape and sexual assault knew their offender. Additionally, 35% of attempted dates and 12% of completed rapes occurred during a date.


Myth: Rape is a women’s issue

Fact: Men can be both perpetrators as well as survivors of rape. Rape is a human issue and one that needs to be addressed by all members of our community


Myth: The way an individual acts or dresses can send signals of implicit consent

Fact: Only “yes” means yes. A persons clothing cannot imply any form of consent. When engaging in any sexual encounter always look for enthusiastic consent


Myth: Rape is over-reported and sensationalized by the media

Fact: Out of every 100 instances of rape and sexual assault, only 40 get reported to the police. Of those 40, only 10 will lead to an arrest. Of those, only 8 will be prosecuted and only 4 of those prosecutions will lead to a felony conviction. Of those 4, 3 will actually serve jail time. In summary: out of 100 cases of rape and sexual assault, only 3 perpetrators will serve a single day in prison


Myth: Most individuals would leave their partner after the first instance of domestic violence

Fact: Approximately 80% of young adult women who have been physically abused by their partners stay in the relationship after the onset of violence (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services)