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Rape Myths

Download this publicationOn any given day one can turn on a media story; read a newspaper; walk through the halls of justice; walk through a college or university campus; sit in a bar, playground, or just about anywhere else; and most likely hear disparaging statements like, "victims of rape lie or exaggerate," "she really wanted it, even if she said no," "how could he be assaulted," "she can't be raped, she's married to the guy," or any other similar sentiment.

Rape myths are not just a set of harmless beliefs. Rape and rape myths are destructive forces. They do not fall on deaf ears, nor are they said in a vacuum. Although some people may think they are just "saying words" or holding on to innocuous beliefs, rape myths have profound impacts. They hurt. They hurt individuals, they hurt survivors, they hurt families and they hurt communities. They encourage silence, shame and pain. They shift blame away from the perpetrator, and, ultimately, keep us believing that sexual violence is natural and normal. And, most assuredly, perpetrators count on us believing them, in order to continue perpetrating sexual violence.

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Reviewed: December 6th, 2016