Image Gallery: Busting The Myths Surrounding Rape And Sexual Assault

So, we asked all of you on our Victims2Survivors UK Facebook page to suggest some common myths about rape and sexual assault, and you came up with some fantastic ideas.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who suggested a myth/fact – we couldn’t have done this without you.

Without further ado…

Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Sam Barwick for this suggestion. Myth: Being male means you won’t be sexually assaulted. Fact: It can happen to anyone – males and females alike.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Andrea for this suggestion. Myth: It’s a woman’s job to keep her man sexually satisfied. Fact: A woman is not a man’s sex slave.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Betsy for this suggestion. Myth: You wanted it and enjoyed it because you orgasmed. Fact: You can’t control your body. Orgasm is a natural reaction to a physical stimuli.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Kim Malott-Maurina for this suggestion. Myth: Rape can’t happen from a spouse. Fact: Rape can happen from anyone. No means no.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Helen Taylor and S.F. for both suggesting myths about clothing. Myth: She was wearing a short dress with her cleavage on display – she must have been up for it. Fact: Clothing is not consent. And rape is not motivated by sexual attraction. Rape is about dominance, control, degradation and humiliation.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Suzie for this suggestion. Myth: It’s not rape unless you say “no”. Fact: Consent should never be assumed. It isn’t consensual sex unless there’s an enthusiastic, willing “yes”.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Hourriya for this suggestion. Myth: If she really didn’t want it, she would have fought harder. Fact: It’s sometimes difficult to fight back when someone is raping you.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Sarah Angel for this suggestion. Myth: S/he wanted it. Fact: Nobody wants to be raped.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Laura Stebbings for this suggestion. Myth: Giving consent to one sexual activity is giving consent to all sexual activity. Fact: You can consent to do one sexual activity but not others.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to #ichhabnichtangezeigt for this suggestion. Myth: Rapes are committed by crazy men outside who can easily be identified. Fact: Most rapes are committed by partners, friends, acquaintances.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Philippa Vipham for this suggestion. Myth: Non-violent rape isn’t harmful. Fact: Rape, violent or not, harms the body, mind, soul and society.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Vanessa Chambers for this suggestion. Myth: Rape is about sex. Fact: Rape is about control and violence.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Marie Stubblebine for this suggestion. Myth: Large women should be happy to be raped because they can’t get sex any other way. Fact: Many men enjoy dating, and having consensual sexual relations with, large women. Weight is not a valid reason to rape.
Myths about rape sexual assault
Thank you to Dani Met for this suggestion. Myth: Most rape “victims” are lying about the rape. Fact: Most rapes go unreported. The vast majority of reported rapes are genuine.

For more myth busting, check out this blog post “20 Common Myths About Rape And Sexual Assault”.

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2 thoughts on “Image Gallery: Busting The Myths Surrounding Rape And Sexual Assault

  1. These are so very well done! There are so many completely ridiculous rape myths in society that harm the victim so much more than the rapists. By perpetuating notions of the ‘Stranger’ rape and the idea that all rape is violent we make it harder for victims to realise their experiences were rape, and even harder for people to believe the victims when they come out and talk about their experiences. By perpetuating such myths we’re really helping the perpetrator get away with it and give excuses for their actions. Would I be able to share these (giving credit of course) on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StopTheShameProject and my WordPress http://www.stoptheshameproject.wordpress.com. I’m really trying to raise awareness about the victim blaming culture that is so prevalent in our society and media, because if people can recognise they can speak up and stop it.

    – Alana

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    • Hi Alana,

      We’re very glad you like our images and are happy for you to share them on your blog, giving credit to us and a link pointing to this article/website if you could.

      Regarding sharing on Facebook, the images are currently being posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/victims2survivorsuk so please could you click “share” on our pictures – this will probably be easier for you, rather than having to download them all from this blog post and then re-upload them all again!

      Best wishes,
      Victims2Survivors UK

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