1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.
Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure, or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, a family member or a friend, free, confidential help is available by calling the YWCA HOPE Center Rape Crisis Hotline 24 hours, 7 days a week at (419) 241-7273 or toll free at (866) 557-7273.