About rape myths
- Myths about rape and other forms of sexual violence and abuse hold a lot of power in our society – and that can be really dangerous.
- It can cause victims and survivors to feel shame about what happened to them. Or to blame themselves. And this can make it hard for them to get help or start to heal.
- It can also negatively affect how society views survivors. And this can trickle down into the criminal justice system, as well as health and support services.
- As the Crown Prosecution Service states, 'the crime of rape is commonly misunderstood'. This plays a part in the shocking charging and conviction rates for rape.
- At Rape Crisis, we work hard to shatter these myths. And help survivors get the support they need and deserve.
Have you experienced rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault or another form of sexual violence? Or are you feeling confused? Please know that you're not alone. We have lots of information and support to help.
1 in 2rapes against women
are carried out by their partner or ex-partner
1 in 3adult survivors of rape
experience it in their own home
1 in 4women
have been raped or sexually assaulted as an adult
(6.54 million women in total)