WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
- Obscene phone calls
- Sexual comments or innuendoes
- Sexual harassment
- Unwanted touches (molestation)
- Forced sexual intercourse (rape)
- Forced sexual activity with a third party
Sexual assault is most commonly known as rape. Rape can occur between strangers; however, it most often occurs between people who know each other, such as date rape, incest or marital rape.
Myth: Rapists are usually sexually frustrated.
Fact: Most rapists have available normal sexual relationships. Many are married. Rapists want to overpower and control, NOT gain sexual satisfaction.
Myth: Women enjoy being raped.
Fact: Most rape victims reaction to the rape is fear for their lifves in addition to shame, disgust and anger – NOT PLEASURE.
Myth: No woman can be raped against her will.
Fact: Rape usually involves some kind of force. A weapon, threat of being beaten or killed and other forms of intimidation may make it difficult to fight back. SUBMISSION IS NOT CONSENT!
Myth: Rape is not a common crime and only happens to women who are not careful.
Fact: One out of three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Statistics show that a forcible rape occurs every 4 hours and 46 minutes in South Carolina. 80-90% of all rapes go unreported, according to FBI estimates.
Every two and a half minutes someone somewhere in America is sexually assaulted.
One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. It is estimated that more than 75% if rapists are dating partners or acquaintances.
About 44% if rape victims are under age 18, and 80%
If you or someone you know have been the victim of sexual assault and have not called the police, please click here: http://www.rainn.org/ for assistance. There are also local organizations throughout South Carolina that can be of assistance. RAINN links to those resources.