College students debunk common gender and sex stereotypes.

Define Your Line anonymously asked 505 college students to indicate their level of agreement with the following rape myth statements. While the low percentage of college students agreeing with these statements is encouraging, these are myths for a reason.

Believing in statements like the ones above can lead to victim blaming, where the person who is assaulted is made to feel as though it was their fault.  Women often told that what they did (e.g., got drunk, dressed "slutty," acted "flirty") was the reason they were assaulted. However, the only person to blame in an assault is the person who committed the violence.



Another rape myth is the misconception that men can't be raped. Sexual assault is not just a women's issue; men can be assaulted by someone of any gender.

Below are the results from another recent anonymous survey by Define Your Line with 996 college students about these types of myths. 

You'll see that while most students did not agree with rape myths about men, we can still see some discrepancies about whether to believe a man if he says he was sexually assaulted. All survivors - regardless of gender - deserve to be supported and believed.

See the AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct for other statistics on these issues.

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