Myths and facts on dating violence

When in doubt if the person is comfortable with an elevated level of sexual activity, stop and ask.

When someone says “no” or “stop,” that means “STOP!

Fact: This “assumption of risk” wrongfully places the responsibility of the offender’s action with the victim.

Even if a person went voluntarily to someone’s home or room and consented to engage in some sexual activity, it does not serve as blanket consent for all sexual activity.

Rape myths are damaging and false beliefs about rape and sexual assault that are perpetuated when individuals make judgments about survivors based on these inaccurate beliefs.

They are sometimes spread because it is easier for people to believe the survivor must have done something to deserve being raped or sexually assaulted.

Those who are abusive seek “power and control” over their partner.In attempting to leave, the victim is undermining their partner’s “power and control”.To a batterer, this is the ultimate defiance or betrayal.Fact: No one asks to be abused, injured, or humiliated.No one can cause an offender to commit a crime against them.FACT: In the United States, 1 in 4 teens will experience some form of dating violence, and 1 in 3 women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in her life. Abusers often try to excuse their behavior, often through blaming the survivor or refusing to take any accountability.

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