Rape Myths (University of Missouri Department of Public Safety, 2014)
Most rapes occur at night.
Most rapes actually occur during the day. However, "date rapes" usually occur on weekends and during the evening hours.
Most rapes are not premeditated.
Most rapes are premeditated with the respect to the time and place, but the rapist may not have chosen the victim that he is going to rape.
Most rapes occur in dark alleys.
Most rapes actually occur in the victim’s home.
You cannot keep from being raped.
85% of rapes could have been prevented if the victim had been more aware, better prepared, and more cautious.
Rapists are out for SEX!
Rapists want to dominate and humiliate. Most rapists are married or have a girlfriend and have sex readily available to them.
Rape is usually committed by strangers.
More than half of all rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.
Most rapists kill their victim.
One percent or less of all rapes end in murder. Every woman in every part of society is a potential rape victim. Rapists’ targets range from infants to disabled senior citizens.
The biggest myth is that rape really does not happen that often.
It does! Few cases are ever reported. For every rape that is reported, ten go unreported. The FBI estimates that there is a rape every 60 seconds in the United States.