Women's Centre for Change （WCC）表示, 社会对于强奸这个词有很多错误的观念。这些一般都倾向于以尽量减少问题的严重性，为社会提供一个虚假的安全感，鼓励受害者的指责，并原谅了肇事者。现有的这些看法让肇事者逃脱犯罪，同时也阻止受害者报案或寻求帮助。为了消除错误的观念，使受害者可以寻求帮助，他们需要大家尊重和尊严的对待。
以下是Women's Centre for Change （WCC）以及 AWAM所列出一些当今社会的看法：
8. 误解: 她没有尖叫或反击，所以那并不是强奸
摘自: Women's Centre for Change(WCC) and Awam
Myth vs Reality
Women's Centre for Change (WCC) showed that there are many erroneous perceptions in the community about rape. These generally tend to minimize the gravity of the problem, provide society with a false sense of security, encourage victim-blaming and excuse the perpetrator. These existing perceptions allow perpetrators to get away with the crime and at the same time discourage victims from lodging reports or seeking help. It is necessary to dispel myths so that victims can be treated with respect and dignity when they seek the help they need. The following is a list of some common perceptions which provided by Women's Centre for Change （WCC）and AWAM.
1. Myth: Only young, pretty women are sexually assaulted.Reality: The age of rape victims range from infancy to old age. Their appearance is seldom a consideration. Rapists choose to attack victims who seem most vulnerable. Opportunity is the most important factor determining when a rapist will rape.
2. Myth: Girls who wear sexy clothes or flirt with men provoke rape.Reality: Rape is not related to the way a girl dresses or the way she acts. This is a myth that excuses the rapist’s behavior by blaming the victim. Rapists choose their victims for their vulnerability and accessibility, without regard to physical appearance or behavior. Children, elderly women, and women who dress modestly or fully-clothed from head to toe (wearing head scarves) have been raped.
3. Myth: Rape is an uncontrollable act of lust. Most rapes are spontaneous acts of passion where the assailant cannot control himself.Reality: The vast majority of all rapes are planned. Rape is not about lust. Rape is a premeditated act of violence and not a spontaneous act of passion. Men can control their sexual impulses. The vast majority of rapists are motivated by power, anger and control, not sexual gratification.
4. Myth: Most women are raped by strangers.Reality: Based on the statistics of police, it shows us that only a small percentage of rapes are committed by strangers. It is estimated that in 80% of the cases, the woman knows the rapist. In those cases, the rapist is an acquaintance, friend, or even family member. A rapist can be anyone.
5. Myth: Most rapes happen in dark alleys, deserted areas, and other dangerous places.Reality: According to police statistics, 69% of rapes happened in homes and buildings. It showed that women are also at risk of being raped in other places.Women should be careful at night, on quiet streets, or in poorly lit areas.
6. Myth: It is impossible for a husband to sexually assault his wife.Reality: Regardless of the marital or social relationship, if a woman does not consent to sexual activity she is being sexually assaulted. Some countries have laws against rape in a marriage. Many women who suffer from domestic violence have experienced some form of sexual abuse within their marriage. In Malaysia, it is against the law for a man to hurt his wife sexually.
7. Myth: No woman can be raped against her will. A person can prevent rape if she really wanted to.Reality: Most rapes involve physical force and/or threats of force. Many victims do not fight back due to fear, shock, or the perception that fighting back will lead to greater harm. Because rape is a potentially life-threatening crime, whatever the rape victim does to survive the assault is an appropriate action.
8. Myth ： She didn't scream or fight back, so it wasn't rapeReality: Women face the trauma of rape in many ways. Some freeze, and are too afraid to struggle. The perpetrator may threaten to kill her if she puts up a fight. In other situations women may be coerced into having sex. The bottom line is, if sex is forced without a woman’s consent, rape has occurred, regardless of how the woman re-acts during the crime itself.
9. Myth : Kissing or hugging can lead to rapeReality: Consent to kissing or foreplay is NOT consent to sex! You have the right to change your mind at any time. You have the right to say no, even if you’ve had sex with that person before.
Source: Women's Centre for Change(WCC) and AWAM