What are some myths and facts about sexual assault?

Myth: Sexual assault is rare and affects very few people.
Fact: Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and 60% of sexual assaults are unreported to the police.(RAINN)

Myth: Only women and gay men get raped.
Fact: 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. The vast majority of male rape victims, as well as their rapists, are heterosexual.

Myth: Rapists are strangers who hide out in dark alleys, waiting to pounce on their victims.
Fact: 67% of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. (RAINN)

Myth: You can spot a rapist by the way he looks.
Fact: Rapists are not physically identifiable. They may appear friendly, normal, and non-threatening. Many are young, married and have children.

Myth: Only certain types of women get raped.
Fact: One in four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday. (oneinfourusa.org) 80% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. (RAINN)

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