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Myths About Sexual Assault

Myth: Only women are affected by sexual assault and rape.

  • Truth: Sexual assault does not discriminate based on gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or religion.  Rape affects us all, and at PAR, we provide services and support for all survivors.

Myth: Most rape accusations are false.

  • Truth: Studies show that approximately 2 percent of rape accusations are false, the same rate as for other crimes.  If a survivor comes to you, always start by believing.

Myth: If someone is wearing a tight dress, drinking a lot, or flirting, they're “asking for it.”

  • Truth: No one deserves to be raped, and it is never the victim’s fault. We need to hold the perpetrator accountable, not blame the victim.

Myth: Men rape because they can't control themselves.

  • Truth:  Sexual assault is about power and control, not sex, and everyone has the ability to respect other people’s boundaries.

Myth: Sexual assault is a private subject, and we should mind our own business.

  • Truth: If we stay silent, we chose the side of the oppressor.  If you see something or hear something, say something. 


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