Did you know that 1 in 4 women will be raped or sexually assaulted while in college?
MYTH vs. FACT:
Myth: Someone who is drunk is willing to engage in any kind of sexual activity.
Fact: The fact that someone has been drinking does NOT imply consent. Laws in North Carolina state that alcohol and/or drugs can render a person incapable of consenting!
Myth: Most rapes are committed by strangers.
Fact: Most sexual assaults and rapes on campus are committed by a person known to the victim and occur on campus in residence halls or off campus houses.
Myth: It is impossible to sexually assault a man.
Fact: Men fall victim for the same reasons as women: Data suggests that 10% of non-stranger rapes on campus are committed on men by men.
Myth: It wasn't rape because the victim didn't resist.
Fact: Rape is about power and control. Victims did not give consent for sex. College aged victims report fear, intimidation, threats and force as tools used by their rapists. If you do not consent, it is rape!
Myth: If I tell the police, they'll go arrest the guy. Fact: The police will make a report of the crime, BUT support a victim and his or her right to choose whether or not to press charges. Police officers can assist you with a variety of resources to include medical care, counseling, and assistance with your rights as a North Carolina Crime Victim, which may include compensation for ER visit, etc.
Myth: The police will arrest me if I was drinking underage when I was raped. Fact: No one deserves to be sexually assaulted or raped. The police will not arrest, cite, or refer you to a Dean for drinking or using drugs at the time of your assault.