Sexual Assault & Abuse

Sexual Assault & Abuse

According to RAINN.org (2017) statistics, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Sexual assault of all kinds is an under-reported crime. It is estimated that only 63% of incidents are reported to the authorities—and just 12% of child sexual abuse cases (NSVRC, 2015). Anyone — men, women, and children — can be sexually assaulted and abused. Sexual assault is usually defined as sexual activity between two or more people in which one of the people is not able to consent, and may be coerced or threatened.

Sexual Assault is:

Any situation, even if you have been drinking or taking drugs, in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. It includes rape, attempted rape, child molestation, voyeurism, exhibitionism, incest, and sexual harassment. Forced sexual encounters of all kinds, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence.

Childhood Sexual Abuse is:

1. Any sexual contact between an adult and child, defined as:

  • any touching, with the intention of sexually arousing the child or providing sexual arousal for the offending party,
  • kissing, licking, fondling, and stimulating etc. of genitals or other parts of the body in a sexual or prolonged manner
  • overt sexual contact, such as oral-genital contact, or manual stimulation of genitals or intercourse.

2. Any behavior that is intended to stimulate the child sexually, or to sexually stimulate the abusing person through the use of the child, including showing the child erotic materials, photographing the child in a sexual manner or talking sexually to the child.

3. Sexual contact by a person that is in an older developmental stage than the child. Even children in the same developmental stage can experience the act as abusive if physical, emotional, harm is inflicted or used as coercion.

Safety Tips

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Never leave a social event with someone you have just met.
  • Avoid walking alone and be wary of isolated spots.
  • Create a safety plan so you know what you would do in the event of an attack.

If you, or someone you love, has been sexually assaulted RAINN offers a 24 hr hotline with trained professional to support you. Call 1-800-656-4673 or go online to Live Chat @ www.RAINN.org\

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