There are a lot of misconceptions about rape.
Many people associate rape with a violent assault by a stranger in a dark alley; in fact most rapes are carried out by a partner, acquaintance, friend or date.
You might be surprised to learn that:
- Nearly one in four women worldwide may experience sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (WHO, 2002).
- Most serious sexual assualts are carried out by a man known to the woman - 86% of victims said they knew the offender in some way (Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, 2010 – 2011).
- A third of teenage girls in a relationship suffer an unwanted sexual act (NSPCC survey, 2009).
- 40% of young people know girls whose boyfriends have coerced or pressurised them to have sex (EVAW, 2006).
- Conservative estimates indicate alcohol is prevalent in 34% of reported rape cases, and drugs in 12% of cases (Finch and Munroe, 2006).
- The victim is male in approximately 8% of all recorded rape cases however the actual number is thought to be higher (Stern Review, 2010).
- The UK charity Mankind estimates 3 in 20 men are victims of sexual violence (Stern Review, 2010).
No matter what the circumstances are, sex without consent is rape.
We can stop it.