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First, sexual violence happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, professions, incomes, and ethnicities.
Second, sexual violence is never the victim’s fault!
Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced, coerced, or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity against his or her will or when a person is incapable to give consent due to being underage, having an illness or disability, or being incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. Consent can be initially given, and then later withdrawn.
Sexual Violence Statistics
- 1 in 5 college women will become victims of completed or attempted rape. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
- One-half of all sexual violence crimes involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both.
- Males can also be victims of sexual violence and may be even less likely to report. (Hart & Rennison, 2003)
- Among college women, 9 of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offenders. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
- Rape is the most under reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are never reported.
If you are a victim of sexual assault the VERY FIRST thing to do is get to a safe location and seek medical attention. The local Tri-Cities hospital emergency rooms (MSHA or Wellmont) have staffs trained to assist you. For example, the Johnson City Medical Center has SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses to do a free forensic medical examination. Preserve evidence of the assault by not eating, drinking, smoking, urinating, bathing or showering, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes. Write down details of the assault to help you remember if and when you file a police report. You may elect to have an exam using a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence kit whether or not you decide to pursue a criminal investigation, but you MUST get medical care as soon as possible. Second, seek the emotional support and legal resources you need.