Our culture is full of misconceptions about rape and these misconceptions impact the way families and friends respond to survivors of sexual violence. Unlike victims of other violent crimes, survivors of sexual violence are often questioned and blamed.
The fact is that no one asks or deserves to be raped. Rape, by definition, is sex without consent. Let’s put the focus and responsibility where it belongs—on the perpetrator of this violent crime.
Most survivors of rape tell no one for fear of what people will say or think about them. By being supportive and educating yourself, you can help your loved one begin to cope with the aftermath of this violent crime.