Sexual assault is any sexual activity to which you haven't freely given your consent. This includes completed or attempted sex acts that are against your will. Sometimes it can involve a victim who is unable to consent. It also includes abusive sexual contact. It can happen to men, women or children.
The attacker can be anyone - a current or former partner, a family member, a person in position of power or trust, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Sexual assault can affect your health in many ways. It can lead to long-term health and emotional problems. It is important to seek help if you have been assaulted. First, get to a safe place. Then dial 9-1-1 or go to a hospital for medical care. You may want to have counseling to deal with your feelings. The most important thing to know is that the assault was not your fault.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- College Safety (05/21/2015, HealthDay)
- Nearly 1 in 5 Female College Freshmen Sexually Assaulted (05/20/2015, HealthDay)
- Few Military Women Seek Care After Sexual Assault (05/01/2015, HealthDay)
- 1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating (03/02/2015, HealthDay)
- Club Drugs (GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol) (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Available in Spanish
- Common Reactions After Trauma (National Center for PTSD) Available in Spanish
- Date Rape (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Date Rape Drugs (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- If Your Child is Raped (Nemours Foundation)
- Men and Sexual Trauma (National Center for PTSD)
- Military Sexual Trauma (Department of Veterans Affairs) - PDF
- Self-Defense (Nemours Foundation)
- Sexual Assault against Females (National Center for PTSD)
- What Is Rape and Date Rape? (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Rape (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: A brief report on rape myth acceptance: differences between police...
- Article: Perceptions of sexual assault victims/survivors: the influence of sexual history...
- Article: Sexual revictimization: the impact of attachment anxiety, accumulated trauma, and...
- Sexual Assault -- see more articles
- Violence against Women: Resources by State (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV in Women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Highlights (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF
- Sexual Violence (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF