What is Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is not your fault.

Sexual assault is a devastating form of violence that affects millions of women worldwide. It is a type of sexual violence that occurs when someone touches you in a sexual way without your consent. Sexual assault can take many forms, including rape, attempted rape, and unwanted sexual touching.

The statistics surrounding sexual assault are staggering. According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, every 73 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. That’s over 433,000 victims of sexual assault each year. Furthermore, 1 in 6 women in the United States has experienced an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

 Recognizing the signs of sexual assault is crucial to providing support to women who have experienced it. Some of the signs include physical injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or torn clothing, as well as emotional signs, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Women who have been sexually assaulted may also experience changes in their behavior, such as avoiding certain places or situations.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, it’s important to seek help.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 and can provide confidential support and guidance. You can reach them at 1-800-656-4673.

Preventing sexual assault starts with educating ourselves and others about the issue. It’s important to understand what sexual assault is, what the warning signs are, and how to report it. Organizations like RAINN provide resources and support to victims of sexual assault, as well as education and training on how to prevent sexual violence.

We can all play a role in preventing sexual assault. By speaking out against sexual violence, supporting survivors, and advocating for change, we can create a safer and more supportive world for all women.