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Myth: Most rapes are committed by strangers.
Fact: While sexual assaults and rapes are also committed by strangers, the vast majority of the time (80%) the survivor knows her assailant.  This is especially true on college campuses.
(National Criminal Victimization Survey, 2003)

Myth: Women often lie about being sexually assaulted.
Fact: Unfortunately false reports do happen for sexual assault and rape, as they do for other violent crimes.  In fact, the rate of false or unfounded reports for sexual assault is the same as is for any other violent crime: 8%.  This means that approximately 92% of sexual assault reports are true.
(Acquaintance rape of college students, 2003)

Myth: Only women can be raped.
Fact: Men can also be raped, or be in violent relationships, or be stalked.  It is estimated that about 10% of acquaintance rape victims are male.  These crimes are reported even less than when females are assaulted.
(Sexual Assault on Campus: the Problem, and the Solution, 1992)

Myth: People who commit sexual violence are psychotic, crazed individuals who don't know any better.
Fact: Sexual violence is most often not the product of psychotic episodes.  They are controlled and premeditated instances to frighten, humiliate, or dominate another individual.  The people who commit these crimes appear just as normal as anyone else.  It is their actions, however, that set them apart.

Myth: Sexual Violence happens, but only in really big cities: not here in college.
Fact: Sexual Violence happens everywhere, perhaps especially on college campuses. College women are four times as likely to experience sexual violence than non-students.
(Fraternities, Athletic teams and Rape: Importance of Identification within a Risky Group, 2000)



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