Rape myths are faulty assumptions that influence cultural beliefs about rape and sexual assault. Rape myths reinforce sexual inequality by blaming victims and fostering ambiguity about the difference between sex and rape.

  1. Although most women wouldn't admit it, they generally find being physically forced into sex a real "turn on".
  2. If a woman does not physically fight back, you can't really say it is rape.
  3. When men rape it is because of their strong desire for sex.
  4. When a man is sexually aroused, he may not even realize that the woman is resisting.
  5. A woman who "teases" men deserves anything that might happen.
  6. When women are raped, it's often because the way they said "no" was ambiguous.
  7. If a woman isn't a virgin, then it shouldn't be a big deal if her date forces her to have sex.
  8. Once men get turned on they can't help themselves from forcing sex on a woman.
  9. A woman who goes to the home or apartment of a man on the first date is implying that she wants to have sex.
  10. When women go around wearing low-cut tops or short skirts, they're just asking for trouble. (Payne, Lonsway, & Fitzgerald, 1999)

 We recognize that some of these myths contain binary and hetero-normative conceptions about gender; however the myths are prevalent on college campuses and in the greater cultural landscape.

     11.  Rape doesn't occur in same-gender scenarios.
     12.  Only men enact sexual violence.