Myth: Only crazed strangers commit rape.
Fact: Most women are raped by acquaintances.
Myth: A woman who gets raped deserves it, especially if she agreed to go to the man's house or ride in his car.
Fact: No one, male or female, deserves to be raped. Being in a man's house or care does not mean a woman has agreed to have sex with him.
Myth: If there's no gun or knife you haven't been raped.
Fact: It's rape whether the rapist uses a weapon or his fists, verbal threats, drugs or alcohol, physical isolation, your own diminished physical or mental state, or simply the weight of his body to overcome you.
Myth: If a woman lets a man buy her dinner or pay for a movie or drinks, she owes him sex.
Fact: No one owes sex as a payment to anyone else, no matter how expensive the date is.
Myth: Women lie about being raped, especially when they accuse men they date or other acquaintances.
Fact: Rape really happens - to people you know, by people you know.
Source: George Mason University "Sexual Assault Services", Virginia Council on Alcoholism Monthly Newsletter "Horizons"
Common Myths and Facts about Rape
Published: Wed Feb 04, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:46 p.m.