Tillamook County Women's Resource Center
Mission & Philosophy
Board of Directors
About Domestic Violence
What is DV?
Teen Dating Violence
About Sexual Assault
What to do
Tillamook County Data
About the Survey
About Pulse Research
Violence in the Workplace
Youth Violence Prevention
The Wild Flower
How to Get Help
What FAPA Can Do
Types of Gifts
Estate & Planned Giving
Common Sexual Assault Myths
There are many myths surrounding sexual assault. A few of the common myths include:
Myth: Sexual assaults happen on dark streets and alleyways.
Fact: The vast majority of assaults occur in either the victim's or the perpetrator's house.
Myth: Most sexual assault involve strangers.
Fact: Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
Myth: "No" sometimes means "Yes."
Fact: "No" always means "No." In fact, the only way to know for sure that someone is consenting is to ask them.
Myth: A person can avoid sexual assault if she or he really want to.
Fact: The only way a person can "avoid" sexual assault is to never come into contact with other people.
Myth: After paying for dinner, entertainment and drinks a date deserves something in return.
Fact: All anyone deserves following an expensive date is a "thank you." If money is a concern, discuss sharing expenses.
Myth: Sexual assault only happens to a few people.
Fact: Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, class, age or any other factor.
Myth: If someone dresses and acts provocatively, she or he is asking to be raped.
Fact: How a person dresses or acts is not indicative of an interest in having sex.
Myth: If someone was drunk, then he or she deserved to be raped.
Fact: No one deserves to be raped, whether drinking or not.
Myth: If you have had sex before, then you owe it to the other person to have sex again.
Fact: It doesn't matter if you have had sex once or many times with a person in the past. Each time is a personal choice. If someone forces a person to have sex against his or her will, it is rape.
(503) 842-9486 or toll free in Oregon 1 (800) 992-1679
Tillamook County Women's Resource Center, 1902 2nd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 842-9486 ♦ 1-800-992-1679 ♦ TTY 1-800-877-8973
Office Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday