rape myth

 

noun

  1. Fictional devices based around common rape culture narratives that are used to spread justifications for why rape and sexual assault occurs. Often used in the discussion of law.

    The defence lawyer questioned the victim about her previous sexual history to use as evidence in the rape trial, thus employing the rape myth that women who have had many sexual partners cannot be raped.

    It’s a common rape myth that women trick men into having sex with them in order to claim it as rape or sexual assault. This is used to undermine female victims of rape and sexual assault by discrediting the validity of their claims.

    To ask what a victim was wearing when they were raped makes use of the rape myth that women can prevent their own sexual assault by changing their appearance.

    See also Rape Culture.

Rape myths create our rape culture. They’re why we need the #MeToo movement and why it’s so dang hard to change people’s cultural perspectives about the behaviors of both genders.

For more on rape myths, check out this post on rape myths that were still used in rape cases in 2018.