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Busting myths around rape

As part of its continued focus on perception of rape the States of Jersey Police are on a mission to bust the myths surrounding the subject.

Every month the Force will be challenging another common myth around the topic of rape and sexual violence and replacing it with what the real picture is.

The initiative is part of the Force’s long term rape campaign entitled “Ask. Listen. Respect” which aims to educate the public, as well as encouraging victims to come forward.

Via the new States of Jersey Police website, social media and with the help of the mainstream media, islanders will be given details of myths and the truth.

The first month centres around the myth -

Only loud or flirtatious girls in tight clothes or wearing short skirts get raped

When in fact -

-       Rapists choose women based on their vulnerability not their clothes.

-       Rape is never the victims fault.

-       People who are assaulted can be of any age, sex, religion, come from any culture or background and be gay, straight or bisexual.

Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, who is leading the campaign, said: “Over the past year we have done a lot of work in the community and in schools around the subject of consent as almost every indecent assault or rape we deal with consent is the crux of the matter.

 "Our message has been clear, sex without consent is rape. But despite all this work there are still some age-old taboos still in people’s minds and throughout the course of the year we will be continuing the work to challenge them and get people talking about a subject which, in the past, has been difficult."

 “This can only serve to help the victims who find themselves in a situation where they do not know where to turn or what to do. By discussing it as a community we can help those people to know that this is not their fault.”

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