First Step, Inc.

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First Step, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, based in Wichita Falls, TX, that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


What is domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. It can be

  • physical

  • sexual

  • emotional

  • economic

  • psychological actions or threats of actions (any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.)


What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:

  • attempted rape

  • fondling or unwanted sexual touching

  • forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body

  • penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape.


What is rape?

Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. It is most commonly known as sexual penetration without consent.


What is consent?

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent is about communication. And it should happen every time. Giving consent for one activity, one time, does not mean giving consent for increased or recurring sexual contact.

You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with this activity and wish to stop. The best way to ensure both parties are comfortable with any sexual activity is to talk about it.


What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature in the workplace or learning environment.



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