Myths vs Realities
Rape and sexual violence are understandably topics many people find difficult to talk about. But this contributes to a society in which myths and misinformation are common. Myths are also fuelled by ill-informed or unbalanced media reporting of sexual violence-related stories.
Through our frontline work, we know that sexual violence survivors often struggle with feelings of shame, guilt and self-blame that can make it difficult to talk to anyone about their experiences. Survivors also often fear that others will blame them or that they won’t be believed. Sexual violence myths can reinforce these feelings and fears.
This is why PRCCG is committed to dispelling myths and raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence, as well as providing services to survivors. Our aim in this is to reduce, prevent and ultimately end sexual violence, and to help to create a wider environment in which survivors feel safe and confident to seek the support and justice they need, want and deserve.
Here are a few examples of common sexual violence myths:
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What is Sexual Violence
PRCCG offer a confidential Helpline for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time of their lives.