Sexual Assault 101:
What is sexual assault?
Definition of Sexual Assault (Merriam-Webster Dictionary):
Illegal sexual contact that usually involves force upon a person without consent or is inflicted upon a person who is incapable of giving consent (as because of age or physical or mental incapacity) or who places the assailant in a position of trust or authority.
What is consent?
Some Impacts of Sexual Assault:
- Shame and self-doubt
- Anxiety and fear
- Trouble remembering details of the assault
- Engaging in high risk behaviors
Some Facts and Statistics about Sexual Assault:
- 90+% of victims of sexual assault know their attacker as an acquaintance, date, partner, or relative.
1 in 4 girls are raped in college.
More boys are raped in college than in prison.
Victim's often freeze, rather than fight or flee, during a sex assault.
There's no "typical" response to a sex assault, and victim behavior often differs from our expectations.
The rate of false reporting is extremely low, around 2% (Lisak, D. (2007). False allegations of rape: A critique of Kanin. Sexual Assault Report
If you remember only one thing about Sexual Assault:
Victims of sexual assault need and deserve nonjudgmental support. Always start by believing a sexual assault victim. Support them to get the help and resources they need to be safe.