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Rape & Sexual Assault

Whether you’re looking for support, information, advice, or

a referral, our trained advocates are ready to help.

Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

What is rape?

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent.​

What is sexual assault?

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:

  • Attempted rape

  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body

  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

What is force? 

Force doesn’t always refer to physical pressure. Perpetrators may use emotional coercion, psychological force, or manipulation to coerce a victim into non-consensual sex. Some perpetrators will use threats to force a victim to comply, such as threatening to hurt the victim or their family or other intimidation tactics.

Self-Care After Trauma

Self-care is about taking steps to feel healthy and comfortable. Whether it happened recently or years ago, self-care can help you cope with the short- and long-term effects of a trauma like sexual assault.

Physical self-care

After a trauma, it’s important to keep your body healthy and strong. You may be healing from injuries or feeling emotionally drained. Good physical health can support you through this time. Think about a time when you felt physically healthy, and consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • How were you sleeping? Did you have a sleep ritual or nap pattern that made you feel more rested?

  • What types of food were you eating? What meals made you feel healthy and strong?

  • What types of exercise did you enjoy? Were there any particular activities that made you feel more energized?

  • Did you perform certain routines? Were there activities you did to start the day off right or wind down at the end of the day?

Emotional self-care 

Emotional self-care means different things to different people. The key to emotional self-care is being in tune with yourself. Think about a time when you felt balanced and grounded, and consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What fun or leisure activities did you enjoy? Were there events or outings that you looked forward to?

  • Did you write down your thoughts in a journal or personal notebook?

  • Were meditation or relaxation activities a part of your regular schedule?

  • What inspirational words were you reading? Did you have a particular author or favorite website?

  • Who did you spend time with? Was there someone, or a group of people, that you felt safe and supported around?

  • Where did you spend your time? Was there a special place, maybe outdoors or at a friend’s house, where you felt comfortable and grounded?