Sexual Assault Education

Sexual assault is a term that refers to an unwanted sexual act against or without a person’s consent.  This type of assault encompasses more than violent physical incidents—sexual assault refers to any sexual, physical, verbal or visual act that forces a person against their will to join in unwanted sexual conduct or attention. 

Sexual assault affects many lives—both directly and indirectly.  It is a crime that spans age, sexual orientation, religion and gender, and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.  It is estimated that one in five women and one in 71 men in their lifetime in the United States are affected by sexual assault.

There are many short and long term effects of sexual assault that affect the mind, body and spirit.  Many survivors experience one or more of these effects and they are not mutually exclusive.  For example, a physical reaction to trauma such as self-injury can be the result of depression.  The physical, mental and spiritual effects following sexual assault and rape are difficult to cope with.  If you or someone you know is experiencing effects from a sexual assault, there are many resources that can assist. 

In an emergency situation, always call 911.  Emergency situations include a recent threat of violence, recent act of violence or if someone’s health is in imminent danger.  Below are Crisis Hotlines that are available 24 hours a day:

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline: 

1-800-656-HOPE

www.rainn.org

Planned Parenthood: 

1-800-230-7526

www.plannedparenthood.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 

1-800-799-SAFE

www.thehotline.org