Cuyahoga County

Five myths about rape

Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was convicted of sexual assault after he attacked an unconscious woman. But to hear his father and close friends tell it, Turner isn’t a rapist, just another college kid who got carried away. Surveys of college students often unearth similar misconceptions. When Oklahoma State University professor John Foubert asks his students if they’ve ever raped someone, the answer is always no. Change the phrasing, however, and some admit to committing crimes. Ten percent of fraternity brothers in one campus study reported that they’d penetrated a woman without her permission. “They don’t see this behavior as rape,” said Foubert, who designed OSU’s rape-prevention program. “It’s not just college students. You hear these beliefs in broader society.” Even as the national conversation about sexual assault grows, myths persist. Let’s debunk five.

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