Sexual Assault Myths
Sexual Assaults most commonly occur by someone the victim does not know.
Truth: As many as 84% of victims know their assailant.
It is not considered an assault if the victim and assaulter have had sex before.
Truth: It is anyone’s decision to have sex with whomever they chose, and the moment in which they chose.
Only women are sexually assaulted
Truth: Ten percent of assault victims are men- usually by other men. It is estimated that 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.
If both parties are drunk at the time the assault occurred, no one can be considered
Truth: Being drunk does not mean someone cannot be accused and convicted of sexual assault. Up to 60% of sexual assault offenders report being under the influence of alcohol.
Most sexual assaults are reported
Truth: Researchers estimate that between 50-90% of assaults go unreported.