Myths and Facts
Fact: Sexual violence can happen to anyone in myriad situations and settings.
One's behavior, choices or manner of dress is never a justification for the violent actions of others.
Fact: Survivors exhibit a wide range of emotional responses (some of which may not always match with what observers expect: calm, hysteria, laughter, anger, apathy, shock, etc. Each survivor copes with the trauma of the assault in her/his own way.
Fact: While communication is an important component of healthy relationships, studies with perpetrators indicate that the majority of assaults are pre-planned, whether that involves stalking or intentionally getting someone intoxicated in order to incapacitate and sexually assault them.
Adapted from Emory University Sexual Assault Peer Advocate Training