Rape myths

There are many myths about the crime of rape and sexual assault which make things harder for victims who have experienced rape or sexual assault to disclose the incident/s and seek help. These myths are dangerous because they hide the truth and leave many women and girls who have suffered rape and sexual abuse to cope with the assault alone and in silence.

Myths about rape are all about moving the responsibility for the crime from the perpetrator to the victim. Rape and sexual assault are about power and violence, not sex. The majority of sexual assaults are planned carefully and are not committed because of uncontrollable sexual urges.

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