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Definition of Sexual Assault:

Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape. Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

Did You Know

1.      One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. (U.S. Department of Justice, ?Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women,? November 1998. )

2.      Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. (Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.)

3.      Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of battering relationships. (Campbell, et al. (2003). ?Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide.? Intimate Partner Homicide, NIJ Journal, 250, 14-19. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.)

4.      1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime. (Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. (1998). ?Stalking in America.? National Institute for Justice.)

5.      81% of women stalked by a current or former intimate partner are also physically assaulted by that partner; 31% are also sexually assaulted by that partner. (Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. (1998). ?Stalking in America.? National Institute for Justice.)