In the past week, the issue of sexual violence has dominated social and traditional Canadian media coverage as allegations have emerged about former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Lenore Lukasik, chair of the Ontario Coalition for Rape Crisis Centres, says sexual violence is more systemic than most Canadians believe and an issue that is widely misunderstood.
Five myths in relation to sexual violence:
- Sexual violence does not occur as much as we think.
- People lie about sexual violence as a means of revenge or personal gain.
- Sexual violence is perpetrated by strangers.
- Sexual violence only happens to certain women.
- Alcohol is less dangerous than date rape drugs.