Understanding the Facts
Misinformation about sexual and domestic violence and its causes creates barriers to appropriately addressing the issue. It is important to know the facts and to speak up when you hear misinformation in your community.
Perpetrators often perpetuate misinformation about sexual and domestic violence to avoid accountability.
The following information addresses some of the most common myths about sexual and domestic violence.
The myths about sexual violence are a pervasive part of our society. Beliefs in these myths impact people’s understanding of sexual violence, how it works, and who the victims and perpetrators are. Myths focus blame for the assault on the victim and keep our society from sharing the burden. Some think that it is easier to believe the myths than to change society in ways that prevent sexual violence.
Social beliefs in these myths often keep victims silent, keep communities from identifying offenders, and create barriers to effective prevention. Understanding myths and facts can help us become more informed about the reality of sexual violence in our communities. Here are some examples of the most commonly believed myths: