Sexual Assault

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Sexual Assault is defined as any type of sexual activity that you do not consent to; it can be verbal, visual, or physical.

Consent is when all people involved agree to the particular situation.

Types of Sexual Assault

  • Inappropriate touching

  • Vaginal, anal, or oral penetration

  • Sexual intercourse that you did not consent to

  • Rape or attempted rape

  • Child molestation

  • Sexual harassment 

  • Exposure

If you have been raped or are in an abusive relationship...

Don't ignore the problem. Talk to a friend, counselor, or hotline.

Do not blame yourself. You did not deserve the abuse.

Seek medical attention. In case of a sexual assault, do not shower or change clothes until you have received medical attention.

Remember you are not alone! Reach cares, and we can help.

 

Sexual violence is a crime. It is motivated by the need to control, humiliate, or harm. Perpetrators of SV use sex as a weapons to dominate and hurt others.

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Rape Crisis Companions

Crisis intervention, emotional support, medical and law enforcement information is available to victims of rape/sexual assault. The Rape Crisis Companion will accompany the victim every step of the way, making sure all their needs are met  

Everyone Is Affected by Sexual Violence

  • Every 93 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).

  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.

  • A majority of child victims are 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18: 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under age 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are age 12-17.

Facts about Sexual Assault

An American is sexually assaulted every 68 seconds.

(Calcasa)

Sexual assaults are on the rise throughout the whole of the US. On average, state by state comparative analysis (including rape statistics by race data) shows that there are approximately 325,566 victims of rape and sexual assault (age 12 or older) in the US every year.

One out of every six American females is a victim of attempted or completed sexual assault.

(RAINN)

According to sexual assault facts, one out of every six American women will most probably be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. This ratio has doubled in the last five years, and analysts predict the same to happen over the course of the next half a decade. 1 in 33 American men (about 3% of the total percentage of women sexually assaulted) have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. This figure has increased by 22.4% over the last five years.

69% of rape victims in the US are women aged between 12 to 34 years old.

(USA Today)

Sexual violence figures from 2019 were significantly higher compared to sexual assault statistics 2018. The 12-34 age bracket has been known to encompass the majority of rape victims in the US on an average year.

Over 80% of sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance.

(RAINN)

Relatives, teachers, religious leaders, former spouses – unfortunately, the list of possible attackers is one of people who will most often have a very intimate relationship with the victim. Statistics on rape indicate that this connection normally results in most rape victims shying away from reporting such incidents due to obligatory or emotional pressures.

Approximately 70 women commit suicide every day in the US following an act of sexual violence.

(Department of Justice)

Women sexual assault statistics reveal some extremely disturbing facts. An estimated 70 women commit suicide daily in the US, directly as a result of sexual violence. Worryingly, this figure has grown by 2.87% over the last year.

In 2019, over 652,676 women were raped.

(Statista)

This figure excludes non-rape sexual assaults but includes date rape statistics; if included, data from non-rape sexual assaults would take the figure closer to the one million mark. What’s worse, it has been rising for the last decade at an annual rate of 2.9%, and this trend shows no sign of decreasing.

Around 20% of American males have been the victim of sexual violence.

(Rainn)

According to Rainn statistics, outside of the correctional system, most rape victims are female. However, studies show that 21.4% of males in the US have been the victims of sexual violence and have experienced this outside of any prison facility.

A quarter of male victims of sexual assault were under 10 years of age.

(Department of Justice)

According to studies, an estimated total of 28% of male victims of sexual assault in the US will have experienced their first assault at 10 years of age or younger

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