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

spacer graphic
spacer graphic

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
•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.