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Sexual Violence

Every 98 seconds, another person experiences a sexual assault.

Sexual Assault is a term used to describe any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the consent of one party. This includes unwanted touching, forcing or threatening someone to perform sexual acts, and rape. The FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” 

7 out of 10 acts of sexual violence are committed by people that the victim knows, whether that is a friend, and acquaintance, or an intimate partner. Regardless of whether you are dating or have had sexual relations in the past, if someone forces themselves on you when you do not consent, it is considered sexual assault. 

There is no right or wrong way to react after you have experienced any type of sexual trauma. However, many survivors report experiencing depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), flashbacks, disturbed sleep, suicidal thoughts, urges to self-harm and more. 

If you have experienced a sexual trauma, please call our hotline for support: 

570-296-HELP (4357)

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