A charity that supports rape victims in the North-east wants to tackle the myths around rape.
Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) wants to challenge common misconceptions about the ways people can respond during and after sexual assault.
The Scottish Government has given RCS £30,000 funding to develop its campaign, which will include two short animated films dealing with widely-held perceptions.
The campaign coincides with a legal change to the information judges give juries in certain sexual offence trials.
The changes, which come into force later this year, mean judges will give special information to juries when there is evidence of any delay in the victim reporting the offence, a victim not putting up physical resistance to assault and a perpetrator not using physical force in carrying out assault.
RCS co-ordinator Sandy Brindley said: “Many survivors tell us that during a rape they froze and were unable to fight back or scream.
“This is a natural and common reaction, but not one that members of the public will necessarily be aware of.”
Ms Brindley is delighted the government is providing funding and welcomed the introduction of jury directions in rape cases.
She added: “Providing jury members with factual information on reactions to rape should help ensure that verdicts in sexual offence cases are based on the evidence presented, rather than being influenced by assumptions about how rape victims react.”
Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “The public understanding of sexual assault is changing but myths still exist around the behaviour of victims and perpetrators.
“We support the work of Rape Crisis Scotland to tackle these wrong beliefs in the public.”