What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual activity against a person’s will. It may be committed by a stranger, or, more likely, by someone you know.

Injuries and complications resulting from the assault may or may not be immediately apparent (e.g., sexually transmitted infections). For this reason getting medical attention is strongly encouraged  as soon as possible. You may also be given the option of having a sexual assault forensic exam, within 96 hours of the assault, for the purpose of collecting evidence for prosecution. The decision to report to the police can only be made by you. Medical attention is provided regardless of police involvement.

Even if you have not suffered physical injuries, sexual assault can have devastating psychological effects. A range of emotions — fear, anger, shame, and helplessness — are common reactions.

You may believe that if you try not to think about it, the feelings will go away.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for long. No matter when the assault occurred,  no matter what  the circumstances, we are here to help when you are ready.

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