Sexual Assault Awareness Month: What is Sexual Assault?

In the month of April there are 3 topics I would like to bring awareness to. Today I will be discussing about one of them. I would like to take the time to discuss about sexual assault. What is it?

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a sexual act that is performed without consent. In some states it is defined as “rape.” The #1 thing when sexual assault occurs is, it’s never the the victims fault.

Here are common forms of sexual assaults:

  • Attempted rape
  • Unwanted Touching
  • Date rape
  • Rape
  • Statutory Rape.

Attempted Rape – when a sexual act is attempted but no penetration occurred.

Unwanted Touching – when a person’s private parts are touch with out consent.

Date Rape – when rape has been committed by someone that the person went on a date with.

Rape – when a male or female’s private parts (or oral) is penetrated without consent.

Statutory Rape – when a sexual act occurs to a person that is under the age of giving consent.

The majority of the times, the perpetrator is usually someone the victim knows. A perpetrator could be a friend, a family member, a neighbor, an acquaintance and in some cases a stranger.

Who can fall Victim to Sexual Assault?

Anyone one. Male, Female or child.

There has been many cases of victims not reporting to the police or seeking help from a professional or an adult because they feel like no one would believe them.

If you know someone that has been sexually assaulted or is currently going through this, please call or visit the RAINN website to get help and information. RAINN is a company that works with those that have been victims of sexual assault or that are currently being sexual assaulted. This can help change or save a life.

Website: RAINN.org

Hotline: (800)656-4673

There’s so much to talk about when it come to this topic. I briefly wanted to discuss what is sexual assault before going into the stats and details of it. This also correlates with the next 2 topics I will be discussing for the month of April. By talking about this, we can make a change in someone’s life. Please share and take the time to listen to those that have experienced sexual assault and for those that are experiencing this see what you can do to help and keep them in a safe place to get the help they need. Thank you for taking the time to read!

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