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Sexual Assault

Nearly 80% of females reported experiencing at least one incident of physical or sexual aggression by the end of college.1

More teens are raped by people they know than they are by strangers.2

Sexual assault involves any kind of sexual contact that is unwanted or happens without consent. Most sexual assaults happen between people who know each other and it is common for someone who has been abused by their partner to also have been sexually assaulted by them. Sexual assault can involve force and coercion, but does not have to. It may also involve being pressured into sexual activity that the person does not really want to do. In many cases (especially on college campuses) the use of drugs and alcohol are involved with sexual assault.

Has This Happened To You?

If you have been sexually assaulted, the first thing to know is that it is not your fault. No one ever has the right to force you to do something that you don’t want to do sexually, no matter what!

Here are some things to consider:

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  1. White, Jacquelyn and Paige Hall Smith. “Covariation in the Use of Physical and Sexual Intimate Partner Aggression Among Adolescent and College-Age Men: A Longitudinal Analysis.” Violence Against Women. 2009.
  2. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2005: Statistical Tables, (Washington, DC: Table 29).