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Myth: "Rape is not a big deal, it
is only sex.."
FACT: Rape is a big deal. It is a crime of
dominance and control
using sex to express power and anger. Sex happens
consenting partners. Rape is an aggressive act using
sex as a
weapon. To be raped is to be violated and stripped
of control and
Myth: "Men fantasize that a
woman wants to be raped..."
FACT: A dream is not reality. Referring to
the first myth, rape is a big deal and occurs when
an attacker takes control from a woman in reality.
It is an aggressive act and whether it is a dream,
a fantasy, or reality, it is morally and ethically
wrong, as well as being illegal.
Myth: "Women who wear provocative
clothing invite rape..."
FACT: Men and society in general use this
excuse. Women who wear provocative clothing do not
invite rape just as men who wear expensive clothing
do not invite muggings.
Myth: "Rape is committed by
FACT: Survivors know their assailants in about
80% of all reported cases.
Myth: "Rapists are mostly psychotic
FACT: Most rapists are men with no obvious
sign of mental illness. In study after study, researchers
are unable to find any significant psychological differences
between men who rape and men who don't.
Myth: "Men rape because they 'need'
FACT: Men do not rape because they need a
sexual partner. Men rape in order to humiliate and
dominate a person. 75% of men who rape are either
married or have regular sexual partners.
Myth: "Children are promiscuous
and seductive, and adolescents (young adults) in particular
may provoke sexual assault by their behavior..."
FACT: The two kinds of assault commonly committed
by adults against children and young adults are forcible
rape and coercion situations. Young adults and children
do not ask to be abused. Responsibility for sexual
assault lies with the abuser, not the
Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor