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What is Sexual Violence?

"Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person's freely given consent." (CDC) “Sexual violence includes the behaviors and ideas that create the environment that allows it to flourish, from sexual harassment to sexual assault." (CONNSACS)

Sexual Violence Includes:

Sexual Harassment
Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Contact
Rape
Incest
Statutory Rape
Child Sexual Abuse/Assault
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
Date Rape
Marital Rape
Partner Rape
Gang Rape
     

Normal Reactions

Sexual violence is considered a traumatic event in a person’s life. Understanding trauma can help victims, their loved ones and friends, professionals and the broader community make sense of why survivors may act in certain ways. When a person experiences trauma it often shakes their sense of reality and involves feelings of fear, horror, and imminent threat to safety or well-being (CONNSACS). The pain that a person feels after this event can be long-lasting.

While trauma affects each person differently, effects can include:

Feelings of:

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Self-blame, shame and guilt
  • Despair
  • Distrust
  • Worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Terror

Sensations and body memories:

  • Feeling as though the assault/abuse is happening again
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
 

It is normal to feel as though these reactions will last forever but The Center's counselor/advocates are here to help guide you through your healing process. We believe that healing is possible!

There are different paths to finding the help you need…

If the assault happened recently...

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Reporting Options

Making the decision to report a sexual assault can be difficult. The Center's counselor/advocates are here to answer your questions and to help you make an informed decision about what to do. The Center's counselor/advocates can also go with you to make the report.

How do I report sexual assault?

For Adults...

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For Minors...

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Medical Attention / Evidence Collection

Making the decisions to report a sexual assault can be difficult.

What to do and what to expect...

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