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Domestic Violence Unmasked: Myth

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. 

Domestic Violence Unmasked: Myth

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.

Domestic Violence Unmasked: Myth

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.

Domestic Violence Unmasked: Myth

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. 

Domestic Violence Unmasked: Myth

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.