Myth: It is impossible for a husband to sexually assault his wife.
FACT: Regardless of marital or social relationship, if a woman does not consent to sexual activity, she is being sexually assaulted. In fact, 14% of women are victims of rape committed by their husband.
At SAVIS we encourage, support, and ‘center’ the knowledge and perspectives of those who have been marginalized and incorporate these perspectives into policy and practice (SAVIS Volunteer Training Manual – Cross-Cultural Counselling)
Myth: Rapists are strangers. If people avoid strangers, then they will not be raped.
FACT: In 60% of the rapes reported to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in 1991, the rapist was known to the victim. 7% of the assailants were family members of the victim. These statistics reflect only reported rapes. Assaults by assailants the victim knows are often not reported so the statistics do not reflect the actual numbers of acquaintance rapes.
No one deserves to be or should be raped or assaulted.
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“Rape in marriage is a major problem for immigrant and refugee women. Many are sponsored immigrants dependent on husbands or their families for their status in Canada as well as social and community connections” – Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres