Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can take many forms such as: rape or attempted rape or any unwanted sexual contact. Typically, sexual assault occurs when, without the person’s consent, someone touches their body in a sexual way. The types of sexual acts that would be considered sexual assault include: forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy, child molestation, incest, or inappropriate touching of  private/sexual parts without mutual consent and attempted rape. Assailants could be anybody: acquaintances, strangers, friends or family members. Assailants typically commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion or manipulation.

Types of Sexual Assault

  • Rape is the forced sexual intercourse (penetration) of a victim by an individual. Penetration may be made by a body part or an object.
  • Acquaintance Rape is the coercive sexual activities of an individual another without the consent of the victim. These sexual activities are imposed upon by the victim by a friend , date or acquaintance.

 What To Do?

If you feel as though you have been sexually assaulted the most important thing to remember is that the abuse is in no way your fault. Ensure you find a safe place, far away from your attacker. No one chooses to be assaulted, but if it happens you have options:

  • Consult a Trusted Friend or Relative. After being sexually assaulted many feel a rush of emotions. Having someone to talk to can help a victim sort through these emotions and determine a necessary plan of action. It might also be helpful to consult a councilor, a sexual assault hotline or support group.
  • File a Police Report Should you decide to report an incident of sexual assault to the police, it would be most beneficial to not alter or destroy any evidence. This includes: not bathing, not washing or combing your hair or not changing your clothing. Important evidence may be on your body or clothing. This can be collected during the medical examination and may be useful to the police should you decide to press charges.
  • Get Examined Go to a health clinic or emergency room as soon as you can after being assaulted. Being treated following a case of abuse is important to tending to possible injuries, receiving medication and preventing STDs.


  • In 2005, 92 percent of rape or sexual assault victims were female; those 16-19 years old had the highest rate of sexual victimization of any age group.  A total of 191,670 rapes and/or sexual assaults were experienced by victims 12 years old or older (Shannan M. Catalano).
  • Under 39 percent of all rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement (Shannan M. Catalano, 2005). Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with males being the least likely to report a sexual assault (RAINN).
  • Of female sexual assault victims, 73 percent were assaulted by someone they knew, and 26 percent were assaulted by a stranger.  Thirty-eight percent of women assaulted by a known offender were friends or acquaintances of the rapist, and 28 percent were intimate partners (Shannan M. Catalano).
  • Recent research has found that rape survivors who had the assistance of an advocate were significantly more likely to have police reports taken and were less likely to be treated negatively by police officers. These women also reported that they experienced less distress after their contact with the legal system (Rebecca Campbell).


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