The truths behind the myths

The myths and facts about rape  

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Myth
Only young attractive women are at risk of being raped.
Fact
Women of all ages, classes, racial groups and lifestyles have been raped.  No woman or girl asks to be humiliated and degraded by an act of extreme violence.
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Myth
Rape is a product of an uncontrollable and overwhelming sex drive.
Fact
People can and do control their sexual urges. They are not incapable of stopping sexual intercourse once it has begun.  This myth is an inaccurate but often held belief.
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Myth
She didn’t struggle so she was not raped.
Fact
Most women are too afraid to struggle because of the threat of violence if they do.
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Myth
Women enjoy rape.  Some women ask for it.  Women lead the rapist on.
Fact
Rape is never pleasurable for any woman.  It is very handy to blame the women in this way.  It lets the attackers off the hook and it helps other people to feel safe.  If you believe that women are to blame when they suffer rape, then you might imagine that you can protect yourself by being careful and sensible.  The truth is that an attack can take place against any person, at any time and anywhere.
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Myth
Rape is just sex when the woman doesn’t want it.
Fact
Sexual assault and rape are not “just sex”.  They are humiliating acts which leave women feeling distraught and can destroy lives.  They are about power; taking control of a woman’s body against her will; taking all dignity and self assurance away from her and reducing her to an object of sexual abuse.  It is violence and abuse when anyone is forced to engage in sexual acts against their will.
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Myth
Prostitutes cannot suffer rape.
Fact
Any person who forces another into a sexual act against their will has abused them.
Any person regardless of their job or their appearance can suffer rape.
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Myth
Women say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’.  She really wanted it.
Fact
While some women may have been socialised into believing that is wrong for them to want sex, and that they should play hard to get, when a woman says ‘no’ she means ‘no’.  This is no excuse for disregarding a woman’s ‘no’ to sex.  Women do not want, need or enjoy being threatened, beaten or being afraid for their lives.
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Myth
She just changed her mind.
Fact
This is sometimes used as an ‘excuse for rape’ – she wished afterwards that she hadn’t done it, or as part of the ‘she meant yes’ argument.  In reality if a woman changes her mind at any point and the man continues then it is rape.
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