3 Myths About Rape You Didn't Know

Saturday, December 31, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

So, how did you fare with the quiz on myths about rape? Did you get the correct answers? (if you haven’t taken it yet, you can go back to the quiz HERE.)

Psychiatry books will tell you that rape is not necessarily performed due to a desire to do a sexual act; it may be done because of a desire to exert power. Yes, rape may actually be a form of power play. It’s probably the worst form of bullying… and that’s an understatement.

  1. Many people wrongly believe that women who are raped are usually those who “act loose” or are “wearing skimpy clothes” or “carry themselves like they’re asking for it”. These assumptions are a sign of ignorance; these assumptions are uneducated and very unfair. The fact is, women who get raped are usually in the wrong place at the wrong time (usually from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
  2. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. Even if you’re wearing a nun’s habit, you will still get raped if the circumstances are just right – or, rather, wrong.
  3. Sexual assault is an act of violence, not merely of sexual gratification.


    1. Let’s dispel the notion that rape victims are “asking for it”. Let’s stop thinking that rapists are “pushed to rape” because of how the woman behaved or how she was dressed. No; any man should be responsible for his own behavior and should not blame some other woman for it. Rape should never be pinned on the victim, yes?

Congratulations, you have learned about the different myths of rape! Now that you know better about rape, spread the word. Knowledge is power – and what you know just might save your life.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.