Teen Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault is not only rape; it is ANY type of unwanted sexual contact. Everyone has the right to decide what they do or don’t want to do sexually. Not all sexual assaults are violent “attacks”. Forcing or pressuring someone to do something they don’t want to do or don’t consent to is sexual assault.
Sexual assault may include:
- Unwanted touching, fondling, or groping
- Forced sexual activities
- Pressure to have sex
- Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or is unable to give a clear “yes” or “no”
- Keeping someone from protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Violence that does not involve physical contact
- Threatening to find someone who will do what he or she wants sexually
- Verbal or sexual harassment
- Threats of sexual violence
Check out this helpful fact sheet: Teens, Technology & Social Media – Tips for Good Boundaries & Staying Safe
Sexting: What is it?
Sending or forwarding nude, sexually suggestive, or explicit pics on your cell or online. For some people, it’s no big deal. But real problems can emerge when the parties involved are under 18.
What to do if you think you have been sexually assaulted:
- Reach out. It is very important that you seek medical attention right away.
Talk to Someone:
- WEAVE offers a support group especially for teens who have experienced sexual assault. For teens 13 and older parent permission is not required, but preferred.
- WEAVE also offers individual counseling services for teens.
- You Are Not Alone. WEAVE Sexual Assault Advocates are available 24-hours a day to survivors of sexual assault. Advocates will accompany and support you through the medical exam, law enforcement interview and investigation.