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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is the use of sexual acts and words that are unwanted by another person.  Because consent is not given freely, it is an act of coercion, manipulation and/or force.  It results in emotional and physical harm to the survivor and may include any of the following actions.
  • Forcing someone to touch or be touched when they don’t want to.
  • Getting someone high or drunk in order to have sex with them.
  • Stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism and harassment.

MYTHS THAT PERPETUATE SEXUAL VIOLENCE

  • Women are responsible for all sexual attention men show them.
  • Women enjoy ALL sexual attention given to them.
  • Rape only happens to young and beautiful women.
  • Rape is an act of sexual passioN.

TRUTHS THAT PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE

  • Sexual harassment is not about flattery it is about humiliation
  • Unsolicited sexual attention can be frightening and humiliating.
  • 10%-12% of sexual assault victims are over the age of 50
  • Rape is about power, domination & humiliation.
MYTHS
VS.
TRUTHS
Rape hardly ever happens.
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Rape happens to 1 in 3 women & 1 in 8 men.
Rape usually happens in dark alleys.
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50% of rapes occur in the home.
You have to watch out for strangers.
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75%-85% perpetrators are known to victim.
Rapist land in jail for a LONG TIME.
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1 in 100 spend over one year in jail.

BELIEVE OR NOT BELIEVE

False reports of rape are no greater than false reports for other crimes (about 3%).
If you have doubts, do not discredit the victim.
Support their feelings and refer them to a sexual assault agency.

Otherwise…
BELIEVE THEM!


 

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