A sexual assault is never your fault and it is important that you know help is always available to you.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you look like, what you wear, or what you do.

Offenders can be strangers, but most likely they are friends, family members or acquaintances that we think we can trust.

Sexual assault is any unwanted or forced sexual act and includes:

  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Unwanted touching or groping
  • Sexual harassment
  • Unwanted showing of private parts
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Incest
  • Sexually obscene communications (in person, by phone, texting, email or social networking)

It is important that you remember everyone is different and there is no single reaction to being sexually assaulted, but it is important to know that you may experience:

  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Fear and social isolation
  • A decrease or increase in appetite
  • Sleeplessness or nightmares
  • Depression and withdrawal
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Flashbacks
  • Physical ailments, headaches, stomach aches and other pain
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you are experiencing any of these reactions, advocates at your local Rape Crisis and Recovery Centers are available 24 hours a day to provide support. Click here to find your local center.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). If you or someone you know is thinking of hurting themselves, others, and/or attempting suicide call 911 or your local emergency number.