Common Myths About Sexual Violence
Teen survivors of sexual violence may hear these myths about sexual violence from their peers, family members, television shows or other professionals.
- Only young attractive girls are raped.
- Teens ask for rape by their clothing, behavior or activity.
- An experience of childhood sexual violence “makes” someone LGBTQ.
- When an LGBTQ teen is sexually assaulted, they probably like “rough sex” or they were “hitting on” a straight person.
- If a victim does not fight back, it isn’t rape.
- Pressuring or coercing a partner for sex is just part of LGBTQ dating.
- Only men can perpetrate rape.