Empowering victims of assault through comprehensive forensics, advocacy and support
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions
 

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WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:

•inappropriate or uninvited touching
•vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
•sexual intercourse that you say no to
•rape
•attempted rape
•child molestation
*requiring you to perform sexual acts


Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.
Examples of this are;
*Voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts),
*Exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public),
*Incest (sexual contact between family members), and
*Sexual harassment.
It can happen in different situations;
*By a stranger in an isolated place
*On a date
*In the home by someone you know
*In the workplace

Rape is a common, often violent, form of sexual assault. It can be committed in many situations.
*It may be while on a date,
*By a friend or an acquaintance,
*Your spouse,
*When you think you are alone - either at home or in public.
*By a stranger in a public location (often in areas such as a parking garage or remote areas).

Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. The drugs are put into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended — no matter where you are. Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and can cause memory loss so the victim does not know what happened.