Sexual Assault Questionnaire
Separating Myth From Fact
Read each statement then circle “M” if you think it represents a Myth, or circle “F” if you believe the statement represents a Fact.
M F 1. A women is more likely to be raped if she is in her prime, beautiful and wearing sexy clothing.
M F 2. Rapists are mostly mentally ill or sex maniacs.
M F 3. Rape is an impulsive or spontaneous act (not planned in advance).
M F 4. Most people know the person who raped them.
M F 5. Rape usually occurs in isolated places, like parks or alleys. late at night.
M F 6. Most rape victims report the crime to police.
M F 7. Rape is mainly a big city crime, taking place mostly in low income areas.
M F 8. Many women secretly want to be raped or do not really care if it happens to them.
M F 9. Women often make false reports of rape to get back at their boyfriends.
M F 10. Men can be raped by other men but not by women.
M F 11. Married women can be raped by their husbands.
M F 12. Rape is just a strange way of expressing sexual desire.
M F 13. Women who are raped typically have asked for it by leading men on.
M F 14. Sometimes rape is just an honest mistake because when women say “No” they usually mean “Yes”.
M F 15. Women who resist or fight back against an assailant only risk further injury in addition to rape.
M F 16. Most rape victims have the support of family members and close friends helping them through the emotional crises.
M 1. The Perpetrator’s presumption of control and the victim’s vulnerability (accessibility) are the determining factors.
M 2. To the contrary. Most rapists are “average guys we know”.
M 3. Also to the contrary. Rapes are planned in advance.
F 4. Most people do know the person who raped them. Sixty to 80% of teens and young adults know their assailants.
M 5. Rape usually occurs in or near the victims home, car or places often frequented.
M 6. Most rape victims do not report the crime to police, many don’t even tell their friends. With education and support this trend is beginning to reverse, however.
M 7. Rape occurs in all neighborhoods, communities and across socioeconomic, ethnic and racial boundaries; although the visibility of the offense may vary.
M 8. Nobody wants to be humiliated.
M 9. The consequences of reporting rape or other forms of sexual assault are most often traumatic in their own right, and therefore, if anything, actual offenses go unreported.
M 10. Both the physical realities of rape and the lessor physical and social power afforded women to make the rape of men by women a myth.
F 11. Rape is any unwanted sexual intercourse. Being married doesn’t change that fact. (However, the majority of states do not outlaw spousal rape.)
M 12. Rape is about control and subjugating, not about sexual expression.
M 13. Nobody asks to be assaulted. The rapist is responsible for the act.
M 14. When women say “No” they typically mean “No”. If one is not sure, it can never hurt to take her at face value.
M 15. Women who have been trained to respond to assailants are at much less risks than those who have not.
M 16. Most rape victims still risk being re-victimized by the “system” and friends and family who cannot separate myths from facts about rape and other forms sexual assault.