Below are some societal myths, facts, and trends associated with sexual assault.
Myth -- A perpetrator of sexual assault is sexually driven.
FACT: SEXUAL ASSAULT IS ABOUT POWER AND CONTROL, NOT SEX DRIVE.
Myth -- No respectable person would allow himself/herself to be sexually assaulted.
FACT: SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING RESPECTABLE; IT IS A CRIME.
Myth -- How can a smaller man sexually assault a stronger, bigger man?
FACT: IT IS NOT ABOUT BEING HOMOSEXUAL BECAUSE IT IS NOT ABOUT SEX.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL, WEAPONS, OR ABUSE OF AUTHORITY MAKE IT POSSIBLE.
Myth -- Sexual assault victims must have done something to deserve to be assaulted.
FACT: NO ONE DESERVES TO BE A VICTIM OF A CRIME, REGARDLESS OF A BAD CHOICE, DRINKING, OR BEHAVIOR.
Myth -- If there is no physical evidence of violence, there could not have been a sexual assault.
FACT: OFTEN THERE IS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE ESPECIALLY IF THE VICTIM IS ASLEEP, INCAPACITATED, OR UNCONSCIOUS.
Myth -- Why is it that women are not held responsible for the sexual assault if they were drinking too? It's not his fault she got so drunk she couldn't consent. She didn’t fight back.
FACT: THE PERSON COMMITTING THE CRIME IS AT FAULT.
Myth -- If an individual is not hysterical after being sexually assaulted, he/she is probably lying.
FACT: EVERYONE RESPONDS DIFFERENTLY; THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO ACT LIKE A VICTIM.
Most sexual assault offenders are repeat offenders because of the low chance of being caught. Sexual assault is a societal problem. According to the:
Sexual assault IS about POWER, CONTROL, and ANGER. It IS NOT about SEX or sexual preference. Sex is the weapon.
Two surveys of teenagers close in age to newly enlisted personnel revealed a
false understanding of sexual assault:
According to a survey of teens conducted in 2000:
According to another survey of teens conducted in 2002:
Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes.
According to the National College Women Sexual Victimization Survey: