Sexual Violence is a crime and is defined as any sexual behaviour which is carried out without the consent of, or against the wishes of the person to whom the violence is directed.
Myth: Abuse is most often committed by strangers.
Fact: Around 85% of sexual abuse is perpetrated by somebody that the victim knows well.
Myth: Offenders often look weird or cruel or unusual.
Fact: Offenders are ordinary people – they can be family members, friends, or people who are well known and respected in the community.
Myth: Acts like kissing, stroking or touching is not really sexual abuse.
Fact: Any form of unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact is abusive.
Myth: Children make up stories or lie about sexual abuse.
Fact: Children seldom lie about abuse - statistics show that most reports of child sexual abuse are true.
Myth: An offender may be so drunk or high that he or she cannot be considered responsible for what he or she did with or without alcohol or drugs.
Fact: The offender is responsible for their actions and may need treatment to help them stop.
Myth: Some women ask for sex by the way they dress or behave. Therefore it is not abuse.
Fact: No one ever asks to be sexually abused. Every form of non-consensual sexual behaviour is an abuse regardless of how the victim behaved or how they dressed. There is no excuse for abuse. It is always the perpetrator`s fault.
Myth: Men cannot be sexually abused. If they do, they probably asked for it or they were gay.
Fact: Between 1 out of 6 and 1 out of 10 males have experience sexual violence regardless of their sexual orientation. No one asks to be sexually abused and experiencing sexual violence does not define who someone is.
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