2 What is Sexual Assault? ¿Que es Abuso Sexual? Sexual Assault or Sexual abuse are any types of unwanted sexual contact. Everyone has the right to decide what they do or don’t want to do sexually. Not all sexual assault are violent attacks. Forcing or pressuring someone to do something they don’t want to do or don’t consent to is Sexual Assault. Sexual assault doesn’t happen just in a relationship, it could happen with family members, friends, partners and children
3 Common Effects of Sexual Assault Victims of sexual assault often experience a number of common effects. These may include: FlashbacksNightmaresDifficulty falling or staying asleepAnger and rageDifficulty concentratingHypervigilenceAnxiety and panicSelf-blame, guilt, and shameEmotional numbingPhysical symptoms and health problems
4 Statistics 1 in 4 girls (25%) are sexually abused by the age of 18. 1 in 6 boys (17%) are sexually abused by the age of 18. Most teen sexual abuse victims (7 in 10, or 70%) know their abuser. It is generally a family member, or someone close to the family. Teenagers account for 51% of all reported sexual abuse Female victims of teen sexual abuse while in grades 9 through 12 are more likely than others to experience eating disorders, suicidal behavior, pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors.
5 Myth VS. FactMyth: Only certain types of women get raped. It could never happen to me.Fact: Any woman can be raped.Myth: Rapes are committed by strangers at night in dark alleys.Fact: Most rapes are committed by someone the woman knows and at any time of the day or night. Women are raped most commonly in their own homes.Myth: Men who rape are “psychos.”Fact: Men who rape are mostly ordinary, everyday guys.Myth: Women provoke rape by the way they dress or the way they flirt.Fact: Men rape women because they can get away with it. Women’s dress and behavior are not the cause.Myth: Men can never be raped.Fact: Men can be and are sexually assaulted.Myth: Women don’t rape.Fact: Women can also be sexual aggressors.
8 ResourcesElon. Sexual Assault.http://www.elon.edu Robert.SexualAssault.http://www.robertreeveslaw.comThis project was supported by Grant No WY-AX-K026 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of theauthor(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.