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Common misconceptions of sexual assault

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the common misconceptions of sexual assault.

Introduction
I. Attention Getter: Sublime lyrics (:57-1:27) That song was Date Rape by Sublime. We’ve all heard it, we know the lyrics, or at least we think we do. It’s a pretty popular song. II. Topic Revelation Statement: In the next few minutes I plan to shock you with a few common myths of sexual assault. One of them is including date rape. III. Significant Statement: According to a professor from The University of Minnesota (2005) there are only about 40% of rapes being reported to authorities. So then that means 60% of rapes aren’t being reported. Why? Were they afraid? We don’t know. But it might just be any of the 3 common misconceptions I’m about to tell you. IV. Preview of Main Points: First I will be covering acquaintance rape and the thought that rape only happens by strangers. Second is the myth that the victim asked for it. And lastly I will be explaining the myth of the victim enjoying it or eventually relaxing.

Transition: So let’s get to it…

Body
I. Rape by a stranger is a very common misconception about rape A. Many people assume a rapist is always a stranger or he or she is of a certain background. But it is very often the opposite. 1. It is more likely to be raped by somebody you know than by a stranger. From the same professor from the University of Minnesota (2005) more than 80% of rapes are committed by men they’ve known. 2. I did a speech similar to this in high school. And after doing some research on acquaintance rape, I am so much more cautious when in public. If I’m at a party or some kind of gathering I always scan the room. Look at people’s faces, know where I am and a way to get out if need be. I always have a friend with me, we never separate throughout the night. And of course I never leave my drink unattended. There are a lot of freaks out there. Small...
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