Sexual Assault

What You Need to Know

What is sexual assault?

  • any sexual act against your will, without your consent, or when you are unable to freely give consent because of being incapacitated or underage

What is the prevalence of sexual assault?

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have been sexually assaulted at least once

What are the effects of sexual assault?

  • a wide range of emotions may be experienced: fear, guilt, disbelief, numbness, anger, grief, depression, and a loss of control of life
  • these emotions can last for years
  • stress-related illnesses, addictions, eating disorders, and drastic lifestyle changes may result

What if someone I know needs help?

Confidential Help: 1-800-658-4482

Sources:

  • Center for Survivors, Columbus, NE
  • Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition