48 Rape Myths

We need to break these myths in media and society to stop blaming the victim for what they went through and making the rapist the victim.

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Myth: Rape is sex.

Myth: Women incite men to rape.

Myth: There is a “right way” to respond to a rape situation.

Myth: A victim should be discouraged from dwelling on the rape. She should “forget it”.

Myth: Support from family members is essential to the victim’s recovery.

Myth: Rape trauma syndrome is a transient problem. Most healthy people will return to a normal state of functioning within a year.

Myth: Rapists are non-white. Rapists are lower class. Rapists are “Criminal types”.

Myth: Men can’t be raped.

Myth: Incest is rare.

Myth: Sexual assaults are rare deviations and affect few people. After all, no one I know has been raped.

Myth: Women often make false reports of rape.

Myth: You can tell a rapist by the way he looks.

Myth: Women fantasize about being raped.

Myth: Rape is a minor crime affecting only a few women.

Myth: Women frequently…

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