RCASA Advocacy Saturday: Myths And Facts Surrounding Sexual Assault

In Advocacy, Sexual Assault Awareness on May 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

Welcome to RCASA’s newest blog, Saturday’s Advocacy blog. Today we start with some myths and facts surrounding sexual assault.

  • One in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
  • One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18. Nearly 85% will be abused by someone known to them.
  • It is estimated that only 20% of all sexual exploitation cases involving the handicapped are reported to any agency.
  • Every minute 1.3 reported rapes occur in the United States.
  • In 50% of the families where physical violence occurs, the children are also abused.
  • On the average, rapists sexually assault 50 times before they are caught.


MYTH: Women ask to be raped.

FACT: Rape is a violent and humiliating experience. Rapists use intimidation and/or threats to gain power and control over the intended victims. No one asks to experience the fear and trauma of rape.

MYTH: “Young attractive Girls” get raped.

FACT: Rapists do not choose victims on the basis of appearance or age. Any woman can be raped. The reported age range of victims is from 2 days old to 103 years of age.

MYTH: Rapists are strangers.

FACT: Studies show that 60 to 80% of rapists are known to their victims. Acquaintance rape and Date rape are a real danger, especially for the vulnerable populations of teens and young adults.

MYTH: Rape is an impulsive act, done for sexual gratification.

FACT: The majority of rapes are planned in advance, either by the rapist stalking the victim or waiting for a safe opportunity and then finding a victim. Sexual gratification is not the motive for rape. It is an act of anger and aggression in which sex is used as a weapon.

If you or someone you know has been victim of any type of sexual violence, contact us for more information. There is help available for you and your loved ones. Please call RCASA’s hotline for help or information: (540) 371- 1666.


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