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This website has been deed to keep your privacy as safe as possible but your web browser automatically records the history of s you visit. You may want to consider protecting your privacy as you browse. There are many common myths about sexual violence that can cause shame, guilt and self-blame. At Rape Crisis, we work to dispel these myths, and help victims and survivors get the support they need and want.
These myths can make it difficult for survivors to talk to anyone or get help. This can cause shame and self-blame. These myths can also affect how survivors are treated by family and friends, services, and organisations. Through our work, we challenge these myths and work to improve understanding of sexual violence and abuse. Fact: People have the right to drink alcohol without getting assaulted. Find out more about consent.
Fact: Stories in the media can give the impression that women often lie about sexual violence. In fact, false allegations of rape are very rare. Most people who have been raped or experienced sexual violence or abuse never tell the police. Fact: There are many reasons why someone might not scream or struggle.
In fact, many people find that they cannot move or speak at all — this is a very common reaction. Some rapists also use manipulation or threats to intimidate or control the other person. Fact: Everyone has the right to say 'no' to any type of sexual activity at any time — including with their partner.
Consent must be given and received freely every time. Rape and sexual violence in a relationship is illegal. Fact: The vast majority of people who were sexually abused as children never rape or sexually abuse other people. This is a dangerous myth that is sometimes used to excuse the behaviour of people who do sexually abuse children or others. There is never any excuse for sexual violence against children or adults.
Fact: Only one in 10 of rapes are committed by 'strangers'. The rest are committed by someone the survivor knows — such as a friend, neighbour, colleague, partner, or family member. People are raped in their homes, their workplaces and other settings where they ly felt safe. Only the rapist is ever responsible for rape.
Fact: Men can control their urges to have sex just as women can. No-one needs to rape someone for sexual satisfaction. Rape is an act of violence and control. It can't be explained away and there are no excuses. Fact: Everyone has the legal right to say 'no' to sex and to change their mind at any point of sexual contact. If the other person doesn't stop, they are committing sexual assault or rape.
When it comes to sex, we must check in with our partners, respect their wishes, and believe what they tell us about what they do and don't want. Fact: There is no typical rapist. People who commit sexual violence come from every economic, ethnic, racial, age and social group. Fact: Men are also raped and sexually assaulted. While Rape Crisis focuses particularly on women and girl survivors, we of course recognise that the impacts of sexual violence and abuse on men and boys are no less devastating. We believe all survivors of sexual violence and abuse deserve specialist support — find more information about support for men and boys.
Fact: The majority of sexual assaults and rapes are committed by men against women and children. However, women do perpetrate sexual violence against other women, men and children. Often people who've been sexually assaulted or abused by a woman worry they won't be believed or their experiences won't be considered 'as bad'.
This can make it difficult for these survivors to access services or justice. Many people who have been raped, sexually abused or sexually assaulted feel confused about what has happened to them. Talk to us.
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