15 myths of sexual assault

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15 myths of sexual assault

Mac Mccarty, junior and Ivy Potter, junior portray that both genders can get sexually assaulted.

Mac Mccarty, junior and Ivy Potter, junior portray that both genders can get sexually assaulted.

Zoe Barnett

Mac Mccarty, junior and Ivy Potter, junior portray that both genders can get sexually assaulted.

Zoe Barnett

Zoe Barnett

Mac Mccarty, junior and Ivy Potter, junior portray that both genders can get sexually assaulted.

*Content Warning: Sexual Assault*

 

Dangerous myths of sexual assault are perpetrated throughout society, and these myths affect the survivors of sexual assault when the people around them don’t understand the impact of these myths. What you’re about to read shines a light on what these myths fail to consider.

 

1. Myth: If they didn’t struggle or fight back it wasn’t sexual assault.

Fact: People respond differently depending on who they are. One of the common responses is the “freeze response,” which happens during an assault when the survivor is physically unable to move or speak.

2. Myth: False allegations of rape are common.

Fact: Only up to 2% of the reports are false, and around 90% of cases go unreported.

3. Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.

Fact: 90% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the survivor knows, this is also known by acquaintance rape. 

4. Myth: A person cannot sexually assault their partner or spouse.

Fact: If that person does not want an action to be done to them, that is assault. Nearly one in ten women have experienced rape by someone they know. 

5. Myth: Sexual Assaults most often occur in public or outdoors.

Fact: Nearly 55% of rape or sexual assault victimizations occur at or near the survivors home, and 12% occur at or near  home of a friend, relative or acquaintance

6. Myth: Rape does not happen that often.

Fact: There is an average of 293,066 victims, ages 12 or older, of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, this means one sexual assault occurs every 107 seconds.

7. Myth: People that have been sexually assaulted will be hysterical and crying.

Fact: Everyone responds to trauma in different ways. There is a chemical released in the brain when you are in danger called fight or flight this reaction all depends on the person.

8. Myth: Men are not victims of sexual violence.

Fact: 1.5% of all men have been raped and 47% of bisexual men have been assaulted in their lifetime.

9. Myth: Wearing revealing clothing, behaving provocatively or drinking a lot means the victim was “asking for it.”

Fact: The amount of skin someone of showing is not a substitute for consent.

10. Myth: People who belong to the LGBTQ+ community don’t experience any sort of sexual assault.

Fact: 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner; compared to 35% of heterosexual women.

11. Myth: There is nothing we can do to prevent sexual assault.

Fact: The best ways to prevent sexual assault from happening is to talk about it (yes, even the ones who don’t want to hear it). Whether it be with your friends or family, the more you talk about the issue, the more normalized talking about sexual assault will be.

12. Myth: Victims have caused the violence that has happened to them.

 Fact: Sexual assault is never the victims fault. 

13. Myth: There is no reason for a victim not to report being raped or sexually assaulted to law enforcement.

Fact: A survivors relationship with their offender has a strong effect on the likelihood of reporting. When an offender is an intimate partner, or a previous intimate partner only 25% of sexual assaults are reported to the police. When an offender is a friend or acquaintance, only 18 to 40% of survivors report. When an offender is a stranger, between 46 to 66% of sexual assaults are reported.

14. Myth: People who commit sexual assault are mentally ill, abnormal perverts.

Fact: The people who commit sexual assault can be anyone. From your next door neighbor, to the person you pass in the halls everyday. 

15. Myth: When people say no, they really mean yes   

Fact: Consent is a huge component in any relationship. Consent doesn’t just apply to sexual assault, consent apply’s to all forms of relationships. Whether they be romantic or friendly, consent always apples.  

 

Hotlines:

National sexual assault hotline: (800)656-HOPE

National domestic violence hotline: 1(800)799-SAFE

National hotline for crime victims: 1(855)484-2846

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