Sexual assault refers to a wide range of forced and unwanted sexual behaviors or activities. This can include, but is not limited to, unwanted sexual touching or fondling, attempted rape, and rape. A person can be forced into non-consensual sexual acts through coercion, manipulation, threats or other means of intimidation. No matter what form it takes, sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault.
There are many types of sexual assault, including (but not limited to):
Non-Stranger Sexual Assault | Occurs when the victim and the person committing sexual assault know each other.
Brief Encounter Sexual Assault | Occurs when the victim has been assaulted by someone they met within 24 hours. They might not be complete strangers, but may not consider themselves acquaintances either.
Intimate Partner Sexual Assault | Occurs when a victim is assaulted by a current or former intimate partner. It may be only one form of abuse that a victim is experiencing.
Stranger Sexual Assault | Occurs when the victim is assaulted by a person they have never met.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault | Occurs both when a victim voluntarily consumes drugs and/or alcohol as well as when involuntarily given a substance by an assaulter for the purpose of facilitating a sexual assault.
What Should I Do If I Am Sexually Assaulted?
It can be hard to know what to do after a sexual assault or what your options are, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Below are some things to consider.
Your safety is a priority. Are you safe? If you aren’t feeling safe, please consider calling someone you trust for support. If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, however, please call 911.
It is not your fault. You are not to blame for what happened, and what happened to you is not ok.
Call us. Our advocates are trained to help you with whatever you need. Whether it’s just someone to talk to or help finding local resources, we can help. Call 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, please call us. Our trained advocates are here to support you any day, any time. Call 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.