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Fact: Domestic violence affects 1 out of 4 women at some point during her lifetime. Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Myth: Victims of abuse are mostly uneducated, poor women.

The victim must have done something to cause the abuse. Fact: Abuse can occur to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.

Myth: Persons who abuse others are very mean and "skid row" types. They use violence to gain and maintain power and control.

Fact: Abusers come from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, race, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation. In fact, they can be very generous with their affections. Myth: Victims must like to be abused or they would leave the relationship. There are many reasons why a person may remain in an abusive relationship, including: fear, love, money, children, and religion.

On average, a woman leaves an abusive relationship 7 times before ending the relationship.

Myth: Alcohol and drug abuse can cause domestic violence.

Fact: Substance abuse may be a factor in an abusive relationship, but not the underlying cause.

Sometimes, the abuser may attempt to use substance abuse as an excuse for violent behavior.

Domestic violence and substance abuse are two separate issues and need to be addressed as such.

Myth: Sexual assault is a crime of passion and lust. Assailants seek to dominate, humiliate, and punish their victims. Fact: The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that less than 2% of all sexual assault reports are false.

This is the same rate of false reporting as for all other major crimes.

People close to a child should know that sexual abuse is happening.