Rape and Sexual Assault

What are Rape and Sexual Assault?

Rape and sexual violence can come in many forms.  Rape or sexual assault happen any time you are forced to have sex (including vaginal, anal, or oral) or have unwanted sexual contact of any kind (including touching).  It can happen even when you know or have a relationship with the offender.

Unfortunately, victims are not alone.  According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes in the United States, and 68% of these crimes are never reported to the police.

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How to Get Help:

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline can be reached at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), 24 hours a day.

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline offers free, confidential, and secure help online, 24 hours a day, if you need someone to talk to or help with pressing charges or understanding your healing process.

You can also search for a local crisis center by clicking here.  All of these crisis centers have 24/7 crisis hotlines that serve victims of sexual violence.  They are trained to provide you with the support and information you need.  They can also assist you with any of the following:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling/support groups
  • Legal/criminal justice system advocacy
  • Crime victim assistance advocacy
  • Community education
  • Professional education
  • Casework/practical assistance
  • Emergency shelter
  • Hospital Accompaniment

If you are in immediate danger or have just been raped or sexually assaulted, call 911 immediately.  Please remember that the police are here to help, and by getting your attacker off the street you are saving others from going through the same horrible experience.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can also click here for help and resources.