Sexual Assault...


Rape and Sexual Assault are never the victim’s fault, no matter where or how it happens.
What is Sexual Assault? What is Sexual Violence? What do I do if I've been sexually assaulted?
You can find these things out and more in the important information listed below.

What Is Sexual Assault

How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault?

Avoiding Dangerous Situations

What You Can Do If Someone Is Pressuring You

What You Can Do In Social Situations

Safety Planning For Sexual Assault

Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Sexual Assault

What Can Men Do?


Types of Sexual Violence

Unfortunately, sexual violence can come in many forms. In order to better understand the wide range of personal violences that can occur, we have included definitions of different types of rape and sexual violence, as well as other kinds of violence that often arise hand-in-hand with sexual violence. Click on the title below to read more about each type of sexual violence.



Was I Raped?
How can you figure out if what happened was rape? There are a few questions to consider.


Sexual Violence
Be aware: Some states use this term interchangeably with rape. For a precise legal definition, check the laws in your state.


Rape victims may be forced through threats or physical means. In about 8 out of 10 rapes, no weapon is used other than physical force. Anyone may be a victim of rape: women, men or children, straight or gay.


Acquaintance Rape
Acquaintance assault involves coercive sexual activities that occur against a person's will by means of force, violence, duress, or fear of bodily injury. These sexual activities are imposed upon them by someone they know.


Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual violence of children often includes incest as a subset of this form of sexual violence. While there is a substantial amount of overlap in the two types of violence, for the purposes of this website we have separated them in recognition of the different needs that victims of each type of violence may have.


Child Abuse
Child abuse takes place when a child is harmed by someone else physically, psychologically, or by acts of neglect.


Dating and Domestic Violence
Dating and domestic violence occurs in all socio-economic, educational, racial, and age groups. The issues of power and control are at the heart of family violence.


Drug Facilitated Sexual Violence
Drug facilitated sexual violence is the type of sexual violence in which drugs or alcohol are used to compromise an individual's ability to consent to sexual activity.

Hate Crimes
A hate crime is the victimization of an individual based on that individual's race, religion, national origin, ethnic identification, gender, or sexual orientation.


Incest is the type of sexual contact that occurs between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal (e.g., parents and children, uncles/aunts and nieces/nephews, etc.).


Male Sexual Violence
Men and boys are also the victims of the crimes of sexual violence, sexual abuse, and rape. In fact, in the U.S., over 10% of all victims are male.


Partner Rape
Partner rape includes sexual acts committed without a person's consent and/or against a person's will when the perpetrator is the individual's current partner (married or not), previous partner, or co-habitator.


Sexual Exploitation by Helping Professionals
Sexual exploitation by helping professionals involves sexual contact of any kind between a helping professional — doctor, therapist, teacher, priest, professor, police officer, lawyer, etc. — and a client/patient.


Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects an individual's work or school performance.


The impact of stalking can be profound and life altering. Individuals who are stalked often change many of their behavior patterns and have strong emotional responses to the stalking.


Is threatening behavior or unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications.



Stranger Rape
3 major categories include Blitz Sexual Assault, Contact Sexual Assault, and Home Invasion Sexual Assault.