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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
The Realities of Rape and Sexual Assault
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, you are not alone. Thousands of incidents of sexual assault are reported each year. Here are some alarming numbers from the 2009 National Crime Victimization Survey and 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey:
An estimated 1.3 million women were victims of attempted or completed rape in 2010.
In 79 percent of rape or sexual assault cases, the victim knows the attacker.
About 42 percent of rape victims are younger than eighteen years old.
According to the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 51 percent of female rape victims report assault by an intimate partner, 41 percent by an acquaintance, 14 percent by a stranger, 12 percent by a family member, and 2.5 percent by a person in a position of authority (like a teacher or coach). (These numbers add up to more than 100 because some of the categories overlap.)
Sexual assault can be a terrifying secret. Many rapes go unreported, thus allowing the rapist to remain free. Why? Some victims feel ashamed and consider the assault a personal matter. They may also fear revenge from the attacker.
If you think you may have been a victim of sexual assault, then some of the information you’re going to read here may dredge up disturbing memories or feelings. It is important, however, to get support so that you can decide how to best deal with your assault and learn about your different options. Although being a victim is never your fault, what you’ll read here may also help you learn how to avoid dangerous situations and prevent you from becoming a victim in the future.
Defining Sexual Assault
If someone makes you engage in any type of sexual activity against your will, it is sexual assault even if sexual intercourse does not occur. If someone forces you to have sex without your consent, it is rape. Rape is only one kind of sexual assault.
Rape and sexual assault are always violent crimes whether or not a weapon is used, and whether or not the victim is beaten in addition to being raped. Anyone who is sexually assaulted is hurt physically and emotionally—whether or not it shows on the outside.
Every person has the right to control his or her own body. No one has a right to touch your body without your permission. There are no exceptions to this rule. It does not matter how long you have known a person or if you have had sex with that person (or any other person) before. If two people are married, it does not mean that either person is entitled to sex at any given moment if the other is against the idea. Any time someone is forced to have sex, that person is being raped.
A person who is unable to give his or her consent to sexual activity has not said yes. If someone passes out from too much alcohol and another person has sex with him or her, that person has been raped. If a girl or boy is disabled and cannot understand what sex is or resist unwanted sexual interactions, and someone makes him or her perform a sexual activity, it is sexual assault. Sexual assault is a criminal offense.
The act of having sexual intercourse with someone younger than the legal age of consent is called statutory rape. The legal age is usually between fourteen and eighteen, depending on the state. If you are caught committing statutory rape, you will be arrested.
Sexual assault has nothing to do with how attractive a girl or guy is. It has nothing to do with desire or passion. Rape and sexual assault come from a need for power and control. In rape, sex is a weapon. It is used to overpower, humiliate, and inflict pain on another person.
Rape does not discriminate. It happens to girls, women, boys, and men. It happens to straight and gay people. It happens to young kids and old people. It does not matter what a person wears, where he or she hangs out, or with whom he or she has sex. Rape is never the victim’s fault.