What type of services do you provide for sexually assaulted victims?
Thank you so much for reaching out!
Sexual assault is a complicated issue that can bring about all sorts of different emotions and reactions, including feelings of being ashamed, guilty, and confused. So, THANK YOU for reaching out! There are misconceptions that assault can be prevented by clothing or behavior, but sexual assault is precipitated solely by the actions of the attacker.
Nonconsensual physical touch, and other types of unwanted sexual attention are all types of sexual assault. This definition can change from State to State, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault. Sexual assault is a crime.
Often, individuals who commit sexual assault or rape seek dominance or power over another person. Sexual assault is really not about sexual gratification, but about power, domination, punishment, humiliation, and control.
Here are some resources to help support your journey:
•Call a counselor or support person. You can start by asking your tribal clinic, school, or University. Someone trained to support survivors of sexual assault can help you come to terms with your feelings and make informed decisions about next steps. A trained counselor or support person can listen to you, help you understand what happened, explore your feelings, and identify the impact of what happened. They can also help you explore your options concerning reporting, or not.
•Get support. Here are some other resources for you:
- Text: loveis to 22522
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or live chat with someone by clicking here
- Or, the National Center for Victims of Crime hotline at 1-800-FYI-CALL
I’m proud of you for reaching out and for looking out for yourself. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.