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Myth 1: Rape is sex.
Fact: Rape is experienced by the victims as an act of violence. It is a life-threatening experience. One out of every eight adult women has been a victim of forcible rape. Gratification comes from gaining power and control and discharging anger. This gratification is only temporary, so the rapist seeks another victim.
Myth 2: Women incite men to rape.
Fact: Research has found that the vast majority of rapes are planned. Rape is the responsibility of the rapist alone. Women, children and men of every age, physical type and demeanor are raped. Opportunity is the most important factor determining when a given rapist will rape.
Myth 3: Rapists are non-white. Rapists are lower class. Rapists are "Criminal types".
Fact: Rapists that fit the myth are more likely to be prosecuted but a rapist can be anyone: doctor, policeman, clergyman, social worker or corporate president.
Myth 4: Men can't be raped.
Fact: There were approximately 20,000 sexual assaults of males ages 12 and over in the United States in 1991.
Myth 5: A man can't rape his wife.
Fact: Non-consensual sex is non-consensual sex. Period.
Myth 6: Only "bad" women get raped.
Fact: No other crime victim is looked upon with the degree of suspicion and doubt as a victim of rape. Although there are numerous reasons why society has cast blame on the victims of rape, a major reason found in studies is that of a feeling of self protection. If one believes that the victim was responsible because she put herself in an unsafe position, such as being out late at night, drinking alcohol, dressing in a certain way, or "leading on" the rapist, then we are able to feel safer because "we wouldn't do those things." But, the basic fact remains that without consent, no means no, no matter what the situation or circumstances.
Myth 7: Sexual assault usually occurs between strangers.
Fact: Over 70% of rape victims know their attackers.
Myth 8: Women frequently cry rape; false reporting of rape is common.
Fact: The FBI reports that only 2% of rapes reports are given falsely. This is the same report rate for other felonies.
Originally posted by JamesCookieIII
reply to post by smyleegrl
well put, great writing here. ill say a prayer for ya, and just know whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. maybe i sound dumb saying that to you, as i am a man who has not beed raped, but seriously make the best of what god has given you.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by smyleegrl
Smyleegirl, I'm sorry for what you experienced, but proud of you for sharing, and dealing with it. You are a strong women, and in my opinion just about all women are mentally tougher than men.
I agree with almost everything you put there, except for the "rape is not sex."
I agree that the victim is the victim of a violent assault, and it has nothing to do with sex. However, for the attacker, the notion that it is only about control and power is absurd and it infuriates me to have to argue the point over and over. Not your fault, because there is a lot of psychological opinion and publication out there, but they all fail to recognize the glaring error in their thinking...... SEX!
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I don't know if you have looked into the Assange sex crime allegations? But I would be interested to know whether you consider them to be rape? Here is a link to the translated allegations.www.nnn.se... I will understand if you don't want to go through it. just thought your perspective would be interesting.edit on 20-8-2012 by woodwardjnr because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MikhailBakunin
yeah... and without forced sexual intercourse, the world wouldn't be as thriving with variety as it is.