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About Sexual Assault/Abuse

According to the CDC, sexual violence “refers to sexual activity when consent is not obtained or not given freely.” This violence is commonly committed by someone the survivor already knows.

Sexual assault/abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, or ability. It is a widespread problem - 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 2 trans folks will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.

Was my experience sexual assault/abuse?

Regardless of the specific situation, sexual violence is NEVER the survivor’s fault!

Every survivor has a different experience and response to the trauma they went through, and every reaction is completely normal and valid. Learn more about some common questions survivors can have.

Sources:

Center for Disease Control, 2020 (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviole...)

Human Rights Campaign (https://www.hrc.org/resources/sexual-assault-and-t...)

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