DATE/ACQUAINTANCE RAPE MYTHS & FACTS
Rape is only committed by strangers in dark alleys and parking lots.
If a woman is raped, then she must have deserved it, especially if she agreed to go to the man’s room or wore sexy clothing.
Women who don’t physically fight back haven’t been raped.
If there isn’t a weapon involved, you haven’t been raped.
It’s not rape if the man is her boyfriend or husband or if they have had sex before.
If a woman lets a man buy her dinner or pay for a movie or drinks, she owes him sex.
When a woman agrees to “make out” with a man, she is implying that will have intercourse with him, too.
Women lie about being raped, especially when they accuse men they date or other acquaintances.
When men are sexually aroused, they need to have sex or they will get “blue balls.” Also, once they get turned on, men can’t stop themselves from forcing sex on a woman.
As many as 84% of women are raped by someone they know, such as friends, family or an acquaintance.
No one deserves to be raped. Being in a man’s room or wearing revealing clothing does not mean a woman has agreed to have sex.
If a woman did not or could not consent to having sex, it is considered rape. Forcing a woman to have sex against her will, whether she physically fights back or not, is rape, plain and simple.
Whether the man uses a weapon, his fists, the weight of his body, verbal threats, drugs, alcohol, or takes advantage of a woman’s diminished physical or mental state to force her to have sex, it is rape.
A woman has the right to decide what she does with her body at all times – if she does not want to have sex, it is her decision, even if she willingly had sex with the man before.
No one owes sex as a payment to anyone else, no matter how expensive the date.
Everyone has the right to say “no” to sexual activity, regardless of what has preceded it, and to have that “no” respected.
Rape really happens — to people you know, by people you know.
Men don’t physically need to have sex after becoming aroused any more than women do. Moreover, men are still able to control themselves even after becoming sexually excited.
Only women are raped 10% of rape cases involve men as a victim.
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