Sexual Assault


What is sexual assault? Sexual assault is unwanted sexual contact made by another person. You may not agree to the contact, or you may agree to it because you are pressured, forced, or threatened. Sexual assault can include touching your genital areas (vagina or penis), or rape. Rape is when a man's penis enters the vagina of a female, or the anus or mouth of a male or female. Sexual assault is not your fault. The attacker is always at fault.

Who is at risk for sexual assault? Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault. This includes adults, children, women, and men. Females are at the greatest risk of being assaulted.

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted? Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. The 911 operator may refer you to a sexual assault center. Do not destroy the evidence of a sexual assault:

What will happen at the emergency department or sexual assault center? A caregiver will examine you and treat your injuries. Police officers and caregivers will ask you questions about the assault. Throughout the process, you will be told exactly what will be done and why. All of your information will be kept private. During your exam, you can ask questions or refuse any part of the process. You can ask to have someone with you. This may include a friend, family member, or other medical advocate. Your caregiver will collect any evidence that your attacker may have left on your body or clothes.

How is a sexual assault treated? You may be given the following treatments after a sexual assault:

What are the risks of sexual assault?

Where can I find support and more information?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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