Fact: Rape and sexual assault are crimes of violence and control that stem from a person's determination to exercise power over another.
Myth #2: If a person goes to someone's room, house, or goes to a bar, he/she assumes the risk of sexual assault.
If something happens later, he/she can't claim that he/she was raped or sexually assaulted because he/she should have known not to go to those places.
Fact: This "assumption of risk" wrongfully places the responsibility of the offender's actions with the victim.
Even if a person went voluntarily to someone's residence or room and consented to engage in some sexual activity, it does not serve as a blanket consent for all sexual activity.
If a person is unsure about whether the other person is comfortable with an elevated level of sexual activity, the person should stop and ask. Sexual activity forced upon another without consent is sexual assault.
Myth #3: It's not sexual assault if it happens after drinking or taking drugs.
Fact: Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not an invitation for non-consensual sexual activity.
A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol to take advantage of the situation and sexually assault him/her because he/she is in a vulnerable position.
Many state laws hold that a person who is cognitively impaired due to the influence of drugs or alcohol is not able to consent to sexual activity.