What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a statutory offense that was committed without consent.   There are many forms of sexual assault such as; forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral, incest, child molestation, marital rape and exposure.  Sexual assault occurs when a person touches another person’s body in a sexual way.  This can happen even through clothes, without that person’s given consent.  Sexual assault is used to exert power and control, and can cause humiliation to the victim.  The offender may try to use trickery, manipulation, coercion, bribery, blackmail, or threats to intimidate the victim.  Whatever the circumstance may be, no one asks or deserves to be Sexually Assaulted.

In Texas, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. The majority of the sexual assaults are committed by a person the victim knows.

Sexual Assault Facts:
  • Everyone is at risk regardless of age, race, class, religion, occupation, education, appearance, sexual orientation, or strength.
  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
  • Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes, with 60% that have been still unreported.
  • Rape is a crime of power and control.
  • Research shows that rapists target people who appear vulnerable, not by the way they are dressed.
  • 80% to 90% of survivors know their perpetrator
  • 4 in 10 take place within the victim’s home
  • 2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative
  • Education, consciousness-raising, and a change in sexual socialization can help prevent patterns, attitudes, and values that contribute to the problem of sexual assault.
The Sexual Assault Survivor

People experience things differently so reactions will vary.  Counseling can help assist with any reaction and feeling one may have after a sexual assault.  Some common reactions to sexual assault are:

  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Mood swings such as sadness and irritability
  • Hyperventilate
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares and flashbacks
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Humiliation

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