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Study sheds light on rape myths and misconceptions

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Rape myths are false beliefs or stereotypes about sexual assault, rape victims, or rapists. An example of such myths is that rape is the victim's fault if they wore revealing clothes, drank too much alcohol, or visited the perpetrator unaccompanied.

To shed light on this menace, researchers asked participants in the 2019 Global Survey whether they had been taken advantage of sexually while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Among those who answered the question, 19% indicated they had experienced this. Both men and women had been affected, but the proportion of affected women was greater. The report also found that 67% of incidents occurred in private homes, 70% of victims knew the perpetrator personally, and 74% had friends or acquaintances nearby at the time of the incident.

Other take home messages from the study are that individuals must be able to withdraw consent at any point during a sexual encounter, and everyone must be mindful of the complex effects of alcohol and other drugs.

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