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How Rape Myths Affect Mental Health

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What about the woman whose husband wakes her in the morning by sitting on her chest and forcing his penis into her mouth? Is that ‘boys-will-be-boys’ rape? To suggest any of that is both obscene and insulting.”

Many people are already in denial about certain types of rape, and have trouble believing rape survivors, so myths only add to this.

If rape victims are made to feel like the rape was their fault, they could spend the rest of their lives coping with their supposed mistake, and put themselves in “abusive situations over and over because they question the truth of their experiences and always doubt themselves.”

Sources:

Raja, Sheela. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://www.sheelaraja.com

Tessina, Tina B. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://www.tinatessina.com

Johnson, David. Email interview. August 29, 2012.
http://thefrontwindow.wordpress.com

Miller, Jonathan. Email interview. August 29, 2012. http://psychotherapysphere.com/about/

Reviewed September 4, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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great writing until that last sentence...."put themselves into abusive situations over and over" seems to blame the victim again

September 6, 2012 - 6:57pm
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