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For Those Affected By Sexual Assault

What sexual assault entails

Sexual assault takes many forms including rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats.  Sexual assault occurs in the absence of consent or when a person is unable to consent due to incapacitation. Anybody can be sexually assaulted. 

You may experience

A wide range of emotions are common reactions to being sexually assaulted. A person’s reaction after being assaulted may vary depending on their personal background and experiences. 

  • There is no single way in which people respond to sexual assault 
  • Common feelings may include:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Guilt/Shame
    • Helplessness
    • Anger
    • Fear
    • Numbness/Disconnected
  • You may be concerned about how friends, family, co-workers, or your partner will respond to your experience

Things to know

  • If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault. 
  • Talking with a trained advocate can really make a difference.
  • Whether you experienced an assault recently or many years ago, you have the right to safety. 
  • You have the right to support and assistance.

Immediate steps following a sexual assault

It is your choice what steps you choose to take. SAPA can assist you with crisis intervention and provide helpful information about steps you can take immediately after a sexual assault. Below is a brief list of suggestions you may find helpful:​

  • If you are in immediate danger call 911.
  • If possible, get to a safe place.
  • Contact someone you trust for emotional support.
  • Contact SAPA to speak to an advocate who can answer questions, provide emotional support, and provide other resources and options as desired. ​