Do most rapes happen to women who get attacked by a stranger because they’re out by themselves after dark?

27th Nov 17 | Back to blog

No. Only about 10% of rapes are committed by strangers. Most rapists are someone that the victim or survivor already knows and often trusts – or even loves – like a friend, partner, spouse, colleague, neighbour, family member or ex. Of course rapes can be and sometimes are committed by strangers in this kind of situation, but not because the victim was on their own after dark; there’s only one reason why a rape ever happens and that’s because the rapist has chosen to do it. If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, sexually abused, sexually harassed or sexually exploited, whatever the context, it was not your fault. If you’re looking for support around an experience like this, you can find out more information.

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