SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUAL
COUPLES & FAMILIES
Whether you are a man at risk of abusing or raping someone, a rape survivor, or a community member wanting to prevent violence in your community, this page can offer you help and information.
From victimhood to VICTORY. Human Rights for ALL. The better way to a BETTER LIFE
There are many myths about rape that keep us trapped in abusive and violent behaviour – check out the facts here. If you think you are a man at risk of abusing or raping women the first step to change is identifying the warning signs. If you want to know more about how you can prevent rape in different spaces in your community, see our Rape Prevention Map.
If rape happens, knowing what to do to if someone is raped, like getting medical help and reporting rape, can protect survivors from further harm. If you are a rape survivor, or a friend, partner, or family member of a rape survivor, our Survivor Healing Map can help make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in the aftermath of rape. Knowing more about how rape can affect a survivor can help survivors and those close to them move towards a place of understanding and healing. Love and support is important for people healing from rape; friends, family and partners can find information about supporting rape survivors here.
RAPE & ABUSE
If you have ever raped or abused women:
- You can be helped if you want to be helped.
- The shame of the rape dies if you accept the wrong you have done and the hurt you have caused.
- This gives you an opportunity to heal and stop raping.
You may need help if you say yes to
any of these questions:
• I have had repeated thoughts about forcing someone to have
• I have had sex with a drunk person
• I have forced someone to have sex with me
• I have ignored someone asking me to stop going through
with a sexual act
• A had an erection and had to have sex, no matter what
• I believe that when she sais no, she meant yes
• I was angry with a woman and forced her to have sex as
punishment or revenge
• I spent money on her – she owed me sex, so I took what she
• I had waited long enough for her to agree so I forced her
• She was dressed like she wanted sex, so I forced her
DRIVERS OF RAPE & ABUSE
If you have raped and taken full responsibility for your actions through the legal system, you can play an active role in addressing rape by making a difference, through sharing your journey and speaking out against rape, especially to other men.
If you have ever raped or abused women:
- They believe that their sexual partners do not have the right to say no to sex.
- They believe that they are entitled to sex whenever they feel aroused.
- They believe that women are inferior to men.
- They believe that if they buy women drinks or gifts that she owes them sex.
- They believe that they can tell a partner what clothes to wear and control where their partners should go and which friends she sees.
Common experiences include:
• Not having a caring, positive father figure
• Leaving school at an early age
• Experience of violence at home or in the community
• Poor communication at home
• Witnessing or experiencing sexual abuse
• Experience of being bullied
• Alcohol and drug abuse
• Three-quarters of men who rape do it for the first time before
they are 20 years old, and most rape more than once.
Rape Myths & Facts
A woman who gets drunk is inviting rape.
A person that is drunk can’t give consent. Taking advantage of a drunk person is rape.
Women who wear revealing clothing invite men to rape them.
Women are raped no matter what they wear – babies are raped, old women are raped, nuns are raped. Clothing does not make men rape. Women are entitled to wear whatever they choose, just as men are.
Rapists are strangers who attack in dark or lonely places.
Rapists are usually someone the survivor knows and are often a family member, friend, neighbour or current/ex-partner.
When a woman lets a man buy her a drink, he is entitled to have sex with her.
Accepting a drink, does not mean that a woman is saying yes or consenting to sex. She has the right to choose if, when and with whom she has sex.
It’s not rape if they are married or in a relationship.
In any relationship, each partner has the right to say no to sex. Rape often occurs in relationships and marriages. If a person does not consent to sex, it is rape, no matter the relationship between the two people.
Once a man is aroused and has an erection he has to have sex.
Every human being has control over their body and can choose to stop at any point.
Women say no when they mean yes.
Only Yes means Yes.
Men can’t be raped.
Men can be raped and do get raped.
Making the Right Choice
What to do if you or someone you know has been raped
How rape can affect you
How to support a rape survivor