It takes strength and commitment 
to make a conscious decision to 
work through confused feelings 
that rape may have left you with, 
but we at NRC will try and help 
you through the effects of rape. 

Myths & Stereotypes From RCEW 

Myth 1: Don't Go Out 
 
Do not go out alone at any time. Women are most likely to be raped outside, in dark alleyways late at night. This is the best way for a woman to protect herself. 
 
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Myth 3: no means yes 
 
Everyone knows when a woman says no, she often means yes. Women secretly want to be raped. 
 
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Myth 5: want it to happen 
 
Women eventually relax and enjoy it. They secretly want to be raped. 
 
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Myth 7: stereotypes  
& race 
 
Men of certain races and backgrounds are more likely to commit sexual violence. 
 
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Myth 9: he couldn't help it 
 
Once a man is sexually aroused he cannot help himself. He has to have sex. 
 
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Myth 11: make up stories 
 
Women often make up stories or lie about being raped. 
 
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Myth 2: the way you dress 
 
Women who are sexually assaulted 'ask for it' by the way they dress or act, rape only happens to young women. 
 
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Myth 4: impaired judgement 
 
The women was drunk / took drugs / had a bad reputation / was hitch hiking / wore tight clothes / seduced him / probably got what she was asking for. 
 
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Myth 6: no visible evidence 
 
The woman did not get hurt or fight back. It could not have been rape. 
 
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Myth 8: he wasn't himself 
 
The man was drunk / on drugs / depressed / under stress / wasn't himself. 
 
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Myth 10: sexually frustrated 
 
Men who rape are sexually frustrated / do not have the opportunity to have sex with a willing partner. 
 
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Myth 12: women  
can't rape 
 
Women cannot rape other women 
 
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Exploring the myth of rape
rape in marriage 
rape support in Northampton
child sexual abuse 
Northamptonshire Rape and Incest crisis centre
emotional abuse 
rape support in Northampton
drug rape 
flash backs 
panic atacks