Is It Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault can take many forms. It is any unwanted sexual contact or attention achieved by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence. Sexual assault may be physical or nonphysical and can include sexual harassment, flashing, voyeurism, fondling, attempted rape or rape. Sexual assault is not about sex, but about the perpetrator gaining power and control over their victim. Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault and it is a crime that is more often committed by acquaintances, friends and relatives.sexual assault word image

It may be sexual assault when:

• Any time you are unable to or did not give consent to any sexual contact
• Even if you don’t remember the incident and/or details
• Even if you didn’t fight back
• Even if you used drugs or alcohol
• Even if you have or have had a relationship with the person
• If you have been groped or touched inappropriately

Consent is everything. Yes means yes. Anything else means no.
Educate yourself and spread awareness by providing accurate information with your peers.
Be aware of safe locations on and off campus in case you feel you are in danger.
Know who you can go to when you need assistance.
Educate yourself about resources you may use on and off campus.

Medical attention is important when it comes to sexual assault.
Info from http://www.nebraskacoalition.org/get_informed/sexual_assault.html

It is important to get medical care after a sexual assault as soon as possible. You may have injuries you don’t know about or your injuries may be worse than you think. You may also be at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unintended pregnancy.  Healthcare providers can examine you for injuries and provide treatment for STIs. In some cases, you can also get medication that will prevent STIs or pregnancy.  Keeping your body healthy is an important part of healing from the assault.

Sexual Assault Facts:

  • Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That translates to 30 assaults each hour, 715 assaults each day, 21,452 assaults each month, and 272,350 assaults a year (RAINN, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 2006).
  • Of the 1.3 Million women living in Oregon, about 230,000 have been raped at least once in their lifetime (Kilpatrick, DG & Ruggiero, KJ., 2003).
  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will experience completed or attempted rape at some point during their life (NIJ, National Institute of Justice, 2006).
  • Rape can happen at an early age, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 54% of women and 71% of men, who have been raped, were first raped before the age of 18 (NIJ, National Institute of Justice, 2006).
  • More than 6 out of 10 women who have been raped are assaulted by non-strangers (Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005).
  • Among women rape survivors, 78.2% were raped by one person multiple times over their lifetime (NIJ, National Institute of Justice, 2006).
  • 1 in 13 women will be raped by their intimate partner during their lifetime (NIJ, National Institute of Justice, 2006).
  • 13% of sexual assaults involve a weapon (US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004).

 

This project was supported by subgrant No. 16-VA-0812 awarded by the Nebraska Crime Commission and points of view or opinions contained in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Commission or the Victims of Crime Act.

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