SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Sexual assault can come in many forms.

  • Rape
  • Acquaintance Rape
  • Partner Rape
  • Stranger Rape
  • Male Sexual Assault
  • Incest
  • Hate Crimes
  • Dating/Domestic
  • Drug Facilitated
  • Sexual Exploitation
 
RAPE IS A CRIME OF VIOLENCE: Rape is not a crime of prejudice in that it happens to men,
women and children of all ages, races, marital  status, education and social positions.
Also referred to as sexual assault, rape can be defined as forced (or threat of force), anal,
oral and/or vaginal penetration by part of another person's body or penetration by an object.
 
Approximately, one in every three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.  Eighty
percent (80%) of all rape victims (men, women and/or children) know their attacker,  More than
one-half of all rapes occur in the victim's home.
 
Any person is a potential victim of rape.  If you or someone you know should become a victim
                                                                    of rape            
                                REMEMBER:
        •   Do NOT straighten up or touch anything at the scene;
        •   Do NOT clean up,m bath, douche or change clothes;
        •   Call you local law enforcement/911 and call the Crisis Hotline for assistance;
        •   Law enforcement will arrange to have a medical examination and will transport you.
 
The person who raped you has most likely raped before and will probably do so again.  PLEASE report
your assault to law enforcement even if you do not plan to prosecute. The information you have may
help officials ensure that another women is not victimized at the hand of your assailant.  PLEASE get
medical attention - you may be injured or have an STD that should be taken care of immediately.
 
 
RAPE RISK REDUCTION
 
 
    1.  You always have the right to say "No" to sexual activity.
    2.  You have the right to set sexual limits by discussing them with your partner.
    3.  Be assertive.
    4.  Stay sober:  Watch out for people who try to get you drunk or high.  If you must drink,
            protect your drink from foreign substances (date rape drugs).
    5.  Don't leave a party with someone you do not know well.
    6.  Consider using the buddy system at parties.
    7.  Trust your feelings and intuition.  If it feels wrong, it probably is.
    8.  People are responsible for their own behavior.,
    9.  Never try to talk someone into having sex.
  10.  If you are confused about what your partner wants or is thinking.  ASK THEM!
  11.  Communicate with your friends and dates about sexual assault, educate them if necessary.