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Sexual offence myths debunked by our sexual offence solicitor
11 Nov 2022

It is a sad but true fact that sexual offences are often not taken seriously by the general public. This is in part due to the myths and misconceptions that abound about these types of crimes. To help change this, it is important to debunk these myths and set the record straight.

However, if you find yourself accused of committing a sexual offence, this is also a serious matter, and you need to seek out legal representation as soon as possible.

At ABV Solicitors, we are proud to be able to provide sexual offence defence, and our sexual offence solicitor will work with you (judgement free) to ensure that your legal rights are met and represented.

But, with that in mind, what are some of the most common misconceptions that our sexual offence solicitor hears from our clients and what is the truth behind them? Read on to find out.

Myth 1: Most sexual offences are committed by strangers

One of the most common myths about sexual offences is that they are typically committed by strangers. In reality, however, the majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone known to the victim. For example, a study conducted in the UK found that 63% of rape victims knew their attacker. So, even if you knew the alleged victim intimately or not, you should still seek advice from our sexual offence solicitor.

Myth 2: Sexual offences only happen to women

Another myth that is often perpetuated is that sexual offences only happen to women. However, this is not the case – men can also be victims of sexual assault. One in six men has experienced some form of sexual abuse or assault in their lifetime. Our team is always happy to work with and defend women or men who have been accused of assaulting a man, so don’t feel ashamed to call us.

Myth 3: Only attractive people are targeted for sexual offences

This myth suggests that only attractive people are targeted for sexual offences, which is not true. Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, regardless of their looks or dress sense.

Myth 4: If someone doesn’t fight back, it wasn’t rape

There is an idea that states that if the victim doesn’t fight back during a sexual assault, it wasn’t rape. However, this isn’t the case – many victims may be too scared or intimidated to resist their attacker. Furthermore, some people may not realise they are being raped until after the fact.

Myth 5: Rapists are always serial offenders

Lastly, another myth about rapists is that they are always serial offenders. However, this is not always the case – many first-time offenders may also commit rape. But, if you have a forensic history, our team will still be happy to defend you.

We hope that this information will help to clear up some of the confusion and provide people with accurate information about these serious crimes. If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ABV Solicitors.

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