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About one in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4% of males experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

69% of sexual assault victims are age 12-34.

Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Almost ⅔ of college students experience sexual harassment

Sexual violence includes commercial sexual exploitation, incest, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, rape, unwanted comments or advancements, and voyeurism.

Sexual assault is a term that refers to sexual contact without explicit consent.
Sexual violence is a broader term that includes acts not codified in law including but not limited to abusive comments and threats. It can also include non-contact acts such as catcalling.

Impact of Sexual Violence on Survivors

Emotional

Anger

Apprehension

Confusion

Denial

Distrust

Fear

Isolation

Numbness

Self-Blame

Shock

Physical

Bleeding

Concerns about physical safety

Increased startle response

Insomnia

Physical injury

Pelvic Pain

Pregnancy

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Psychological

Anxiety

Depression

Difficulty concentrating

Eating Disorders

Flashbacks

Insecurity

Nightmares

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Substance use or abuse

Suicidal thoughts

Impact on Women

All of the following post-trauma responses are normal:

  • Sense of blame or shame over not being able to stop the assault
  • Fear of revealing assaulter
  • Fear of being alone with a man due to high anxiety of being assaulted again
  • Fear of being in public places unaccompanied
  • Withdrawal from relationships
  • Worry, reluctancy, and/or opposition to share the experience due to responses of disbelief, judgement, or slut shaming

Impact on Men

Sexual Violence Does Affect Men, both directly and indirectly

Sexual violence and sexual assault can directly impact anyone. It is not uncommon for boys and men to face additional challenges due to social attitudes about men and masculinity. Some don’t realize they have been violated because of these stereotypes.

All of the following post-trauma responses are normal:

  • Sense of blame over not being able to prevent the assault
  • Sense of shame for not being “strong enough”
  • Fear of revealing assaulter
  • Feeling on edge or being unable to relax
  • Feeling like “less of a man”
  • Concerns or questions about sexual orientation
  • Withdrawal from relationships
  • Worry, reluctancy, and/or opposition to share the experience due to responses of disbelief or judgement

Erection or ejaculation during an assault are normal physiological responses that do not imply that you wanted, invited, or enjoyed the assault. It is not your fault.

For young men in need of support, you can read this letter submitted by Nate Postlethwait

Resources

Anti-Violence Project

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education. It also offers a bilingual 24/7 hotline.

Hotline: 212.714.1141

 

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light is a nonprofit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

Contact: 866.367.5444

 

Know Your IX

Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.

Contact: 202.419.3420

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

The NSVRC is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

Contact: 717.909.0710

 

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and is in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country

Contact: 800.656.4673

 

1in6

The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. They also provide male free and confidential weekly online support groups for men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, male survivor stories, and a 24/7 online helpline.

 

Informal Resources

Instagram:

@behindthemetoos

This Instagram posts stories of other survivors anonymously and gives survivors the option to send their own

@whyididntreportit

This Instagram posts responses of survivors who did not report their experiences with assault and gives survivors the option to share their own #WhyIDidntReport story

 

Additional Resources

Our resources are specifically chosen for the benefit of youth survivors. However, we are in the process of expanding our resource list to include a section for adult survivors. We recognize that there are many additional resources available. For additional resources or resource suggestions, please contact us!

References

  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2010). What is Sexual Violence? Retrieved from https://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Factsheet_What-is-sexual-violence_1.pd
  • Office of Women’s Health (2019). Effects of Sexual Violence against women. Retrieved from https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/effects-violence-against-women
  • RAINN (2019). Sexual Assault of Men and Boys. Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-assault-men-and-boys
  • RAINN (2019). Types of Sexual Violence. Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/types-sexual-violence
  • Resilience. Effects of Sexual Violence. Retrieved from https://www.ourresilience.org/what-you-need-to-know/effects-of-sexual-violence/