Common Myths About Sexual Assault

On the heels of my last post about sexual assault and consent, I thought I’d take some time to respond to and confront some of the most common myths I hear about sexual assault!

1. “Women ask to be sexually assaulted based on the way they dress”

This is one of the most common and damaging myths about sexual assault. No one ever asks to be sexually assaulted. No one asks to be hurt. It’s never a victim’s responsibility to prevent a sexual assault. How many times have we heard someone say “well she asked for it”?

Consent

2. Most women lie about sexual assault

Actually, sexual assault is the most UNDERREPORTED crime in Canada – meaning it happens a whole lot more than it is ever reported. Most sexual assaults are never reported to the police.

Sexual Assault Statistics

3. Saying “no” is the only way to deny sexual advances.

Wrong. The absence of no is not consent. The law is pretty clear; without a “yes” it’s sexual assault.  Remember, YES MEANS YES!

4. People are usually sexually assaulted by strangers

Nope. 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim; usually someone they trust.

5. She had a few drinks, but she still said yes.

You can’t give consent under the influence. If you think someone’s interested – wait until tomorrow. Wait until they’re sober. Then you’ll know for sure.

Here’s a short video a couple of pretty awesome kids made. I think it sends a pretty powerful message.


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