Myths - Drinking


The Myth 

A victim raped after consuming alcohol is to blame for not considering her own security.

The Facts

In a report for the Office for National Statistics published earlier this year, around a quarter of respondents thought that the victim was completely or partly responsible for a rape if they were under the influence of alcohol.

The Impact

Victims expect to be judged by the level of alcohol they have consumed and this has a significant knock-on impact on whether they report the incident to the police or seek support and assistance from elsewhere.

What Can You Do

Be clear to yourself and others that the responsibility for rape rests with the perpetrator and not the victim. Challenge notions that women who are drunk are somehow responsible. Influence those around you in social environments not to purposely seek out women who have had a lot to drink and speak out when you witness behaviour or language that makes you uncomfortable.