SEXUAL ASSAULT

RCFCC provides survivor-centered services to clients who have experienced assault. We want to ensure that rape and sexual assault survivors are able to have access to care and support, centered around their needs. 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual violence is any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone's will. This encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact, and non-contact sexual abuse.

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted or rape

  • Make sure you are safe. Get to a safe place and contact a friend who can assist you. More than anything, you need support.

  • Do not do anything to change your appearance. Do not shower or take a bath, or wash any of your body parts. Do not go to the bathroom, do not eat or drink, comb your hair, or smoke. You do not have to decide if you are going to press charge, but in the sense that you do, it is important that the nurse can collect evidence that may be on your body.

  • Get medical help. As soon as you can, go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. At the hospital you can be examined and treated for any injuries or sexually transmitted infections. A rape kit can be done to collect evidence in case you decide to press charges.

  • Consider talking to the police. Sexual assault is a crime and you have the right to report it.

  • Seek support. Dealing with the aftermath of the crisis can be overwhelming. It is important to seek support from a trusted individual, such as a friend or an advocate at RCFCC.

  • Do not blame yourself. Whatever has happened, understand that it wasn't your fault. You did not cause the rape, the rapist caused the rape. 

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 women are raped in their lifetime in the United States -- almost 22 million women.

  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. 60% of sexual assaults and rapes are perpetrated by an intimate partner, relative, friend, or someone the survivor knows in some way according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. This rate is even higher for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted in college.

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