Myths: “She had sex with him before, so it wasn’t assault.”
“Real rape is done by a random stranger.”
“Rapists are mostly deranged individual looking to prey on women who are isolated or alone.”
In approximately 75% of cases the assailant is known to the victim. To address the “stranger jumping out of the bushes” myth, over 50% of sexual assaults occur in a residence (victim, friend, relative or neighbor), and almost one in three rapes occur in the daytime.
Previous sexual encounters do not have any bearing on sexual assault. Someone can be assaulted or raped by a current or ex-partner or even a spouse.