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Myths and Facts About Interpersonal Violence

Myths vs. Facts

MYTH:

Most rapists are psychopathic strangers.

FACT:

Most victims know their rapists. The majority of rapes are committed by assailants known to the victims, including friends, acquaintances, spouses and intimate partners.

MYTH:

Only women can be raped.

FACT:

Any male, regardless of age, disability or sexual orientation can be the victim of a sexual assault.

MYTH:

When men become sexually aroused they need to have sex or they could suffer physical injuries.

FACT:

Men don't suffer any physical consequences if they aren't sexually stimulated once being aroused.

MYTH:

When a person says "no," he/she really means "maybe."

FACT:

Men and women may both give and receive mixed messages. But remember that rape is a crime. If a person says "no" to sex, you should believe him/her.

MYTH:

Silence means understanding and consent.

FACT:

Silence can be the result of fear, it can mean not hearing the question or comprehending what is really happening, or it can be the result of intoxication or unconsciousness. Engaging in sexual intercourse with someone who is unable to give consent for any reason constitutes rape.

MYTH:

If both people are drunk at the time of the incident, no one can be accused of rape.

FACT:

Being drunk doesn't mean someone can't be accused of and convicted of rape.

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Last Updated: 3/26/14