There are many commonly-held myths and misconceptions around sexual violence. These can lead to an increased prevalence of these instances, poor support for victim/ survivors, and/ or incorrect outcomes in formal reporting procedures.
Here are some common myths and misconceptions, and the truths to provide the correct information. See our Twitter feed (@UniOfLeics_ST) for more. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any more you'd like us to add.
Myth: Bullying only happens in schools
Fact: This is not the case at all, bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere. It may be out of school, at University or in places of work.
Myth: You can spot a bully from the way they look and act
Fact: There is no such thing as a way a bully looks or acts. There is no specific dress code or behaviour style.
Myth: Online bullying is just banter and harmless
Fact: People being bullied online is a very serious issue, the bullying can go viral very quickly and make the problem escalate quickly.
It is important to take a screenshot of any conversations, messages or posts that you feel are bullying so that you have a record.
Myth: It is easy to spot the signs of bullying
Fact: It is not always easy to spot the signs of bullying as it is not always physical and obvious. Emotional, verbal and online bullying can
often leave scars that people don’t see.