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MYTH: FACT: Sexual assault can have serious effects on women's health and well-being.
A recent survey of Canadian women found that nine out of ten incidents of violence against women have an emotional effect on the victim.
MYTH: FACT: The idea that women "ask for it" is often used by offenders to rationalize their behaviour.
It also blames the victim for the crime, not the offender.
If a woman is sexually assaulted, it is not her fault.
No woman ever "asks" or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
The idea that most sexual assaults fit the 'stranger-in-a-dark-alley' stereotype can lead to a false sense of security (Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Ottawa, 1985).
Victims of sexual assault report a wide range of dress and actions at the time of the assault.