• Myth: Men rape women because they cannot control themselves.
    • Fact: Rape is an act of violence committed out of desire for power and control. Many rapes are not impulsive acts, but are planned events.
  • Myth: If a woman is wearing sexy clothing she is partially to blame if she is raped.
    • Fact: The rapist does not care what the person is wearing. The rapist is seeking someone they can isolate and make vulnerable. The most common tool they use to do this is alcohol.
  • Myth: If a woman has been drinking she is partially to blame if she is raped.
    • Fact: Alcohol and drugs can render a woman incapable of consent. Drinking doesn’t provide a green light.
  • Myth: If the woman did not put up a fight she was not actually raped.
    • Fact: In most cases the victim is unable to fight back do to trauma, impairment, fear, or other factors.
  • Myth: Most college aged women are raped by strangers.
    • Fact: 90 percent of college-aged women are raped by someone they know.
  • Myth: Only women are raped.
    • Fact: 1 in 33 men in the United States have experienced sexual assault.