SexualAssaultBrochure

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1 Statistics: Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, where an 1 estimated 60% of all instances go unreported. About 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an 2 attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an Help! 1 attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual I’ve Been 3 assault. Approximately two out of three instances of sexual assault or Sexually Assaulted. rape are committed by someone known to the victim. About 73% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a non-stranger; 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance of the victim, and 28% are 4 committed by an intimate partner. Sources 1. U.S. Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey, What To Do If You Have Been 2008-2012. National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control 2. Raped or Sexually Assaulted. & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sex Offenses and Offenders. 3. 1997. 4. U.S. Department of Justice, 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005. A Program of Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc. 111 Coliseum Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36109 Crisis Line: (334) 213-1227 Toll Free: 1 (888) 908-7273 Available 24-hour/ 7 days a Week Business Office: (334) 286-5980 Fax: (334) 286-5988

2 decide to prosecute later. • Do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, eat or drink, smoke, wash your hands, or change your clothing. Call S.T.A.R within 72 hours of your assault. We can help with evidence collection. • S.T.A.R provides immediate medical treatment to limit your exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and, for women, pregnancy. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is specifically trained to perform a forensic exam to collect physical evidence that can be used later for prosecution. • S.T.A.R will advocate for you by accompanying you to court proceedings and will refer you to counseling and other support services. What if My Child or Teen is Sexually Assaulted? “Every two minutes a person is Be aware that your child may choose not to tell you that he or she has been sexually assaulted. They may feel intense feelings of sexually assaulted in the U.S.”- guilt or shame or be afraid to tell you what has happened. Learn to U.S Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey, 2008-2012. watch for the following signs of trauma • Irritability Few experiences are as devastating as living through the pain of Depression • being raped or sexually assaulted, but you are not alone. Every two • Change in appetite minutes, a person is sexually assaulted in the U.S. and 84% of rapes • Withdrawal from family and friends or assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. Decline in schoolwork • What is Sexual Assault? • Reassure your child that what happened is not their fault. Seek Sexual assault is an act of violence that is used to describe rape, medical attention to determine if your child has sustained attempted rape, or any unwanted sexual touching. Sexual assault serious injuries or has been exposed to STDs. is a crime motivated by power and a need to control. Sexual assault • Call S.T.A.R as soon as possible. Counseling and support can happen in a dating relationship, between acquaintances, in a services that are specifically geared to the needs of children marriage, or by a random attack by a stranger. It is not an act of and teens are available to victims and their families. . wrong love, lust or desire and it is always Where Can I Find Help? What is the Difference Between Being Sexually The road to recovery after experiencing a sexual assault can be long and hard, but you don’t have to travel it alone. Feelings of Assaulted and Raped? hopelessness, depression and shame, anxiety, bad dreams, eating Sexual assault stops short of rape and attempted rape, but includes disorders, physical pain or suicidal thoughts are all normal responses any unwanted sexual contact like fondling or groping. Whether or to the trauma you have experienced, but help is available. S.T. A.R not you have been sexually assaulted or raped is determined by can: consent. Both individuals must be old enough to consent to sex and must have the physical and/or mental capacity to consent. A Help you get through the recovery process • person who has been drugged, is intoxicated or unconscious, has a Act as a personal link between you and law enforcement, • mental disability, or has been physically forced or threatened with medical personnel, mental health care professionals and other violence does not have the ability to consent to a sexual act. Sex agencies or services; and without consent is rape. Help ensure that you get the information and support you • need, that you are listened to, and that you are treated with What Do I Do If I’ve Been Raped or Sexually the sensitivity and respect every sexual assault victim deserves. Assaulted? Sexual assault and rape are crimes and should always be reported. First, get to a safe place and call someone that you trust. Remember, what happened is not your fault and you don’t have to suffer in silence. For more information • If you are in danger, call 911 and Standing Together Against on how S.T.A.R can help, call (334) 213-1227. Rape (S.T.A.R) at (334) 213-1227 or 1-888-908-7273. You can

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