The United States Department of Justice defines sexual assault as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
Let's Talk Consent. . .
”Yes” means “yes", "No" means "no".
Drugs and alcohol impact decision-making and blur consent. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, CANNOT give consent.
Communicating every step of the way. For example, during a hookup, ask if it’s okay to take your partner’s shirt off and don’t just assume that they are comfortable with it.
Respecting that when they don’t say “no,” it doesn’t mean “yes.”
Breaking away from gender “rules.” Girls are not the only ones who might want to take it slow. Also, it’s not a guy’s job to initiate the action (or anything else, really).
*According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey there is an average of 293,066 victims of rape and sexual assault each year.
*1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.
*Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance.
*Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.
What can I do if I or Someone I know has Been Assaulted?
The First thing you should do if you or someone you know has been assaulted is seek medical attention.
Even if you do not plan on reporting to the police, a Sexual Assault Exam, commonly known as a Rape Kit, ensures you are physically OK and treats any injuries you may have. For more information about SANE Exams follow this link.
** YOU WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THE EXAM**
The second thing you have the option of doing, either while at the hospital, before you go, or after, is reaching out to an advocate from the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The Alliance provides 24-HR service through our hotline (307)856-0942. An advocate will not only be there for emotional support, but they are also completely confidential and can help you navigate your choices including:
*Do you want to report to the police?
*How does reporting work?
*Will I have to testify?
*What resources are available to help me begin to heal?
*Was it my fault? Did I do something wrong?
*And much, much more completely free of charge and completely confidential.
The most important thing to know is that you or your friend are not alone. You have options and an advocate will help you every step of the way. IT IS NEVER THE VICTIMS FAULT. WE BELIEVE YOU.
WE WANT TO HELP YOU.