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Read the myths and facts about sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Myth Fact
Most rapes occur in a dark alley by a stranger. 75% of rape victims in one study were assaulted by someone they knew and in an environment where they felt safe (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
If she wore something low-cut or tight, was acting sexy, went out alone, stayed out late, was drunk, was using drugs, or was kissing her attacker, she was asking to be raped. No one asks to be raped or sexually assaulted. Nor does anyone’s behavior justify or excuse the crime. Many convicted sexual predators are unable to remember what their victim looked like. People have the right to be safe from a sexual attack at any time, any place, and under any circumstances. Offenders, not survivors, must be held accountable for this brutal crime.
It is impossible for a husband to sexually assault or rape his wife. Regardless of marital or social relationship, if a woman does not consent to having sex, it is rape.
False reports of rape are common. Only 2% of all rape charges are determined to be false, the same percentage of other felonies. As a matter fact, it is estimated that as many as 85% of all rapes go unreported (National Victim Center).
Rape and sexual assault are caused by uncontrollable sex drives. Even though rape is a sexual act the reason someone rapes is that they lack power and control, and choose to use sex as a weapon to get it back.
Men do not have to be concerned about sexual assault, it only affects women. Although the majority of victims are female it affects men too. 1 out 7 boys will become a victim of sexual assault by their 18th birthday.
Hard and fast rules guarantee personal safety. There are certain things that you can do to become more aware, but nothing can guarantee any degree of safety.
There is nothing wrong with giving a person alcohol or drugs to “loosen them up” in order to have sex with them. It is against the law to give a person alcohol or drugs with the intent to ‘loosen them up” to have sex. The law states that a person cannot legally give consent while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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