Myths About Sexual Assault

by Staircase on May 31, 2012

Myth: Rape is caused by the perpetrator’s uncontrollable sexual urge.

Fact: Rape is an act of power and control, not sex.

Myth: Child sexual abuse is a rare occurrence.

Fact: Child sexual abuse is, unfortunately, not a rare occurrence. It is estimated that approximately 1 of every 4 females and 1 of every 6 males experience some form of sexual exploitation as children.

Myth: Most perpetrators are strangers to their victims.

Fact: Most rapes are committed by someone that the victim knows: a neighbor, friend, classmate, acquaintance, co-worker, spouse, partner or ex-partner.

Myth: Children lie about sexual abuse.

Fact: Children do not have the explicit sexual knowledge necessary to describe phenomena they have not experienced. Children do not have the cognitive capacities to make up stories of sexual abuse. If children lie about sexual abuse it is most often to say that it did not occur, in order to protect the offender and/or the family unit.

If you believe you have been sexually assaulted or know of someone who has; please give us a call today. We can refer you to someone that can help.