Get Informed: Sexual Assault
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
Facts about Sexual Assault:
- 17.7 million American women have been victims of an attempted or completed rape
- Only 36% of all rape victims ever report the crime to the police.
- Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted
- 1 in 2 women have experienced sexual violence victimization at some points in their lives.
- 1 in 5 men have experienced sexual violence victimization at some point in their lives.
Sexual assault is not only rape; it is also any unwanted sexual activity. Even if you have said “yes” to sex with the person before, or you are in a relationship, no one has the right to have sex with you or pressure you into doing things you do not want to do. Any time you do not say “yes” to a sex act, it is sexual assault.
Sexual Assault survivors may have lots of questions. Here are a few of some of the most common questions we receive.