Myths & Facts About

Sexual Assault

WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

Sexual assault is an act in which a person sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. Below is a list of myths and facts associated with sexual assault and abuse.

Only rape counts as sexual assault

Sexual assault is sexual contact that usually involves force upon a person without consent or that is inflicted upon a person who cannot give consent.  It can include any unwanted sexual contact, from inappropriate touching to rape.

It happens to women only.

The majority of sexual assault victims are women, but men are sexually assaulted, too.  Both women and men can sexually assault men.

Most rapists are strangers

Studies show that only 15 percent of rapes are committed by strangers.  The majority of rapes committed are by acquaintances and even intimate partners.

Certain behaviors/appearances make it OK.

It is not OK to sexually assault a person even if he/she is dressing or acting n a provocative manner.  There are no excuses for sexually assaulting someone.

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Most rapists are strangers

Studies show that only 15 percent of rapes are committed by strangers.  The majority of rapes committed are by acquaintances and even intimate partners.

Certain behaviors/appearances make it OK.

It is not OK to sexually assault a person even if he/she is dressing or acting n a provocative manner.  There are no excuses for sexually assaulting someone.

Only rape counts as sexual assault

Sexual assault is sexual contact that usually involves force upon a person without consent or that is inflicted upon a person who cannot give consent.  It can include any unwanted sexual contact, from inappropriate touching to rape.

It happens to women only.

The majority of sexual assault victims are women, but men are sexually assaulted, too.  Both women and men can sexually assault men.

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