Sexual assault refers to a variety of forced/unwanted sexual behaviors or activities. Some examples are sexual touching or fondling, attempted rape, and rape. If a person is coerced, manipulated, threatened or intimidated for sex, it is assault. 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):
Stranger Sexual Assault | Occurs when the victim is assaulted by a person they have never met.
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 is assaulted by someone they met within 24 hours. They are not 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 aspect of the abuse that a victim is experiencing.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault | Occurs when a victim voluntarily or involuntarily consumes drugs and/or alcohol. The assaulter may have given drugs to the victim to make the assault easier, or the victim may have chosen the substance. Either way, the victim is incapable of giving consent.
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, please call 911.
It is not your fault. You are not to blame for what happened, and what happened to you is not ok. No matter what you wore or where you were, you did not deserve to be assaulted.
Call us. Our trained advocates can help you with whatever you need. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, please call us. Whether it’s someone to talk to or help finding local resources, we can help. Call 1.800.770.1650 or text 'IOWAHELP' to 20121.