Myth: Rape does not happen in marriage. Your body belongs to your spouse.
Fact: Most victims knew their perpetrators. More than half of female victims of rape reported that at least one perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner. More than half of male victims of rape were raped by an acquaintance.
Myth: Domestic violence only occurs in marriages.
Fact: 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships. 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.
Myth: Fighting is normal in a relationship; it's one of those things we all go through.
Fact: Domestic violence is not a normal part of a relationship, nor is it a phase that we all go through.
Myth: Using alcohol or drugs is a cause of dating violence.
Fact: The abuser is responsible for their actions. Drugs and alcohol are often used as excuses for the abuser's behavior.
Myth: Relationship abuse happens most often among the poor and people of color.
Fact: Abuse in relationships happens among all classes, races, and cultural groups in society.