If you get your information from TV shows, you may be puzzled about what Sexual Assault (SA) is and what it is not.
Sexual Assault is any coerced, threatened, forced, manipulated, and/or involuntary sexual contact of a person who has not consented. This includes intentional touching, kissing, and oral/anal/vaginal intercourse without consent. A drunk or high person CANNOT legally consent to sexual activity. Sexual assault does NOT only affect women; it can happen to anyone – men, women, teens, children, old and young.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center:
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) , the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault is a traumatic event that has a profound and long-lasting effect on each victim. From physical injuries to psychological effects including denial, helplessness, anger, self-blame, anxiety, shame, fear, depression, guilt, promiscuity, and more, sexual assault is not something anyone can just “move on” from.
Sexual assault, sexual violence, and rape are far more prevalent in the United States, and the world, than is reported. How can you, and those around you, work together to prevent sexual assault? What steps can you and others take to prevent a sexual assault?
Local hospitals staff are trained to help you. You can get medication to prevent sexual infections and to prevent a pregnancy. Trained nurses can collect evidence that can be used to find and jail your attacker.
Local resources include:
National resources include: