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facts about sexual assault
Sexual assault is about power and control where sex is used as a weapon. It involves forcing or coercing the victim into sexual activity without consent. The person who sexually assaults the victim wants to feel powerful and dominant.
Most Sexual Assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows: a family member, a friend, a dating partner or an acquaintance. Approximately 73% of sexual assault are perpetrated by someone the victim knows1.
Women do not provoke rape by their dress or appearance nor do they provoke it by their actions. Rapists admittedly look for a "target" that is easily accessible and somehow vulnerable. Typically, they are not interested in the victim's appearance, her age or her lifestyle - the ability to dominate over the victim is all that matters. The victim is NEVER at fault!
Men can be sexually assaulted. Although many associate sexual assault with women, statistics tell us that 1 in 10 men will be sexually assaulted at some time in their life. The most common perpetrator of male sexual assault is a heterosexual male. Again, sexual assault is about power and control, not sexual pleasure.
Most reported cases of sexual assault are true. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, less than 2% of reported cases are false. Furthermore, 95% of reported sexual assaults were substantiated with sound evidence2.
There is help! Contact the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, Inc by calling (540) 639-1123. We are available 24-hours a day to provide support and resources to men, women and children. All of our services are free and confidential.
1. Catalano, 2005
2. Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2003