She didn't fight it

 

MYTH: The woman did not get hurt or fight back.  It could not have been rape.

 

FACT: Men who rape or sexually assault women and girls will often use weapons or threats of violence to intimidate women.  The fact that there is no visible evidence of violence does not mean that a woman has not been raped.

Another myth that goes hand in hand with this is that 'rape is a fate worse than death' and this links with the belief that women should fight and resist throughout.  Faced with the reality of rape, women make second by second decisions, all of which are directed at minimising the harm done to them.  At the point where initial resistance, struggling, reasoning etc have failed, the fear of further violence often limits women's resistence.  The only form of control that seems available to women at this point is limiting the harm done them.

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