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Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

ALLIANCE OF OHIO TO END THE SEX VIOLENCE (OAESV, for its acronym in English)

ALLIANCE OF OHIO TO END THE SEX VIOLENCE (OAESV, for its acronym in English)

There are numerous myths about sexual violence that exist in our society, whose impact is individual and cultural. Sexual violence is a form of oppression and a crime of power and control. Most myths about sexual violence are rooted and perpetuated by this oppression, and are a direct extension of the culture of rape that exists in our society. Some myths are rooted in our psychological need to protect ourselves from harm and to distance ourselves from those who have been victims.

Here are some of the most common myths (and their compensating facts) about Sexual violence in our society:

MYTH: Most violations are committed in obscure alleys by strangers.

FACT: Most rapists are Known by the survivor and assaults often occur in places familiar to the survivor and / or rapist.

MYTH: Rape is motivated by uncontrollable sexual desire.

FACT: Rape Is a violent crime of power and control in which sex is used as a weapon to hurt and humiliate.

MYTH: If the survivor was dressed provocatively or intoxicated or drugged, it is his fault. >

FACT: It is never the survivor's fault, no matter what they were or were not doing or using.

Myth: Women often lie about being raped.

FACT: Very few reported violations are false - about 4% - which Is consistent with the false report rate for most other serious crimes.

MYTH: If the survivor did not resist or fight, then it was not rape.

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FACT: There are many Reasons why a survivor can not resist, including fear, being dominated, or being incapacitated.

MYTH: Only homosexual men rape other men.

MYTH: Rape can not happen among people of the same gender.

FACT: Men can rape other men, and women can rape other women, either in intimate acquaintances Or strangers.

MYTH: Prostitutes can not be raped; Someone who engages in risky sexual behavior is their responsibility if they are raped.

FACT: Regardless of a person's sexual history or behavior, if they did not consent, it is a violation. A person may be raped by someone with whom he had prior consensual sexual contact.

MYTH: Rape by an acquaintance is not as serious as rape by a stranger.

FACT: Any Sexual violence, regardless of who committed it, is serious and traumatic. The violation of a non-stranger often causes the survivor to question his / her judgment of others and sense of trust. MYTH: Survivors of rape are (or should be) annoying / hysterical and have physical injuries

FACT: Most survivors do not have obvious signs of injury, and may react in a variety of ways, all of which are normal.

MYTH: A wife can not be Violated by her husband.

Fact: While some states do not legally recognize marital rape, a married person may be raped by their spouse. It is consent.

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