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What is Sexual Assault?

Have you ever:

  • been forced or manipulated into unwanted sexual contact, and been told to keep it secret?
  • been pressured for sex by a dating partner, or pressured for sex you’re not ready for?
  • found signs you may have been sexually assaulted, but can’t remember what happened?
  • told someone you were sexually assaulted, but were not believed or supported?

If this sounds like you or someone you know, call us. Wellspring cares. We are here to help.

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What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity to which you do not consent. This can include, but is not limited to, penetration, touching, or the dissemination or exposure to sexually explicit images.

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What is consent?

Consent is a mutual, clear, “yes,” to sexual activity. You are sober and aware. You feel safe and able to express what you feel comfortable, or uncomfortable doing.

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Can only women be sexually assaulted?

No, sexual assault can happen to anyone, and be perpetrated by anyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity.

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What if I'm dating the person who I think assaulted me?

Consent is mandatory, no matter your relationship. If there was no consent, even if there has been prior sexual activity, it is sexual assault. 7 out of 10 assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.

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They said I led them on. Is this my fault?

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. Consent is an ongoing process, which can be changed at any time, by any party involved.

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What if I was drinking?

Intoxication can create a vulnerability that a perpetrator may exploit. It’s important to remember that the perpetrator makes the choice to exploit that vulnerability. Choosing to drink or use drugs does not equal choosing to be sexually assaulted.

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I only remember the experience in pieces. Is that normal?

Trauma can affect memory in many different ways. Drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault may also affect memory.

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What if it happened a while ago?

Wellspring staff are always available to talk; it doesn’t matter when the assault took place.

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It's not me; I think I know someone who was sexually assaulted.

Wellspring provides free, confidential counseling and education not only to victims of domestic violence, but to anyone affected by the abuse.

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You can also check out the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s guidance on how to help someone who has been assaulted.

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