About Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault  is:
A crime of power and control— NOT an act of passion, lust, or sex.
A planned act of violence.
A crime without limits— children as young as 3 months and women in their 80’s have been victimized.
Over 50% of all sexual assaults happen in the victim’s home and 85% are committed by a friend or acquaintance.
57% of all sexual assaults occur during a date.
Less than half of all rapes/sexual assaults are ever reported.
Being raped by someone you know or are dating does not change the fact that it is a crime.
In the U.S. it  is averaged that 1.3 women are raped every 60 seconds.

There are several different types of sexual violence:
Invasions of space and privacy
Stalking, voyeurism, flashing, degrading sexual remarks, obscene phone calls or email/text messages/pictures.
Other unwanted sexual or physical contact
Grabbing or touching over clothes or brushing or rubbing against another person with their genitals.
Unwanted sexual touching without penetration
Touching with an object or with a part of the body.
Forced or coerced penetration with an object or body part.

Some feelings or reactions that victims may experience:
Shock and numbness
Disruption of daily life
Loss of control
Guilt and self-blame
Vulnerability and mistrust
Sexual intimacy concerns

Important facts about sexual assault:
Sexual assault can affect many lives in different ways.  No matter what your background or situation, sexual assault is a personal violation.
Sexual assaults occur in many different situations.  Yet, it is never the victim’s fault that the assault happened.
Everyone deserves to have support after a sexual assault.  You do not have to deal with this alone.
Survivors of sexual assault should be treated with respect when seeking help.  You have the right to be informed about your choices in medical care, the court system, your legal rights, and counseling options.  With this information, you will be able to make the choices that are best for you and your future.

No matter what your background or situation, we can offer support and assistance. 
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you do NOT have to report the assault to law enforcement to receive help from COVE.

If you are assaulted:
Don’t panic— concentrate on anything that can help identify your assailant— clothes, car, hair, or scars.

Do not wash, douche, change clothes, or go to the bathroom before getting medical help.

Please report the crime immediately.  This is your choice, but it could stop this person from hurting someone else.

Please seek help immediately, even if you choose not to report.  COVE advocates are available 24 hours a day!

Tips for Survivors:
Remember that sexual violence is NOT okay and is NOT your fault.

Consider taking care of your physical health:

Make an appointment with your health care provider to test for a full range of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s).

If you are a woman, consider a pregnancy test.

Remember, as a patient, you are entitled to a confidential relationship with your health care provider. 

Consider taking care of your emotional health:

During this time of recovery, it is important to take an active role in
restoring your self-confidence and self-worth.

Take good care of yourself by eating well, exercising, resting, taking the time that you need to recover, and doing the things that you believe will help you recover. 

You may experience feelings of helplessness and hopelessness about your ability to protect yourself. 

It is extremely important that you do everything that you can to take back the sense of power and control that is yours.


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