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Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is a crime of violence, anger and hostility meant to degrade and humiliate the victim emotionally and sexually. It is not about sex or passion. It is an act of aggression, against one’s will. It is a humiliating, often terrifying and brutal crime. Sexual assault includes unwanted touching, rape, attempted rape, incest, child molestation, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and other forms of sexual violence.

Whether or not the sexual assault occurred recently or when you were a child, we can help you cope with the aftermath or the impact of the assault. Sexual assault and abuse leave behind physical, mental, and emotional scars that may be difficult to overcome.

Emotional injury is a part of sexual assault or rape. Just as your physical health needs attention, your emotional well-being also needs attention. Talking to a knowledgeable and sensitive counselor who knows the trauma of sexual assault and understands the challenges of recovery can help you deal with your feelings, make important decisions, and get your life back on track. DASI support services can help you through the crisis and onto a path of hope and healing. Remember, you are not alone!

If You Have Been Raped

Get to a safe place.

Seek immediate medical attention.

(If you would like, a DASI Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA) can be with you during medical and legal proceedings. Call 973-875-1211 for an advocate, or to activate the Sussex County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

It is important that you:
  • Do not change your clothing
  • Do not bathe, shower or douche
  • Do not urinate, if possible
  • Do not drink, eat or smoke
  • Place additional evidence (such as clothing or bedding)  in a paper bag

Physical Examination and Medical Treatment : A complete physical examination is very important. Victims of sexual assault may not be aware of external and internal injuries that may require treatment. Early medical attention is necessary to test for, and possible prevent, sexually transmitted diseases or infections. If left untreated, sexually transmitted infections/venereal diseases may result in serious health problems. Early medical attention is necessary to test for and receive treatment to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Follow-up care is very important to ensure that injuries have healed properly and that sexually transmitted infections are treated appropriately. Tests for infections and pregnancy must be repeated.

Evidence Collection:
A forensic kit is typically used within 5 days to collect evidence from the victim’s body (but the earlier the better). This evidence can be used in prosecuting the offender. The victim may have the forensic kit done anonymously and the evidence can be held for 90-days. There is no cost associated with the forensic evidence collection and initial preventative medical treatment.

Impact of Sexual Violence

There is no "typical" response to rape. Survivors of rape may vary dramatically in their response to a sexual assault. Some survivors may appear very calm and describe the assault with little or no emotion. Other survivors may express feelings verbally or by shaking, crying, restlessness, or tenseness. Remember, rape survivors have just experienced a terrifying event. Any response to the assault – whether it looks like the right response to you – is just her way of dealing with the rape.

Survivors of rape report feeling a number of different emotions after the assault:

  • Fear of the rapist
  • Guilt
  • Sense of vulnerability
  • Loss of control over her life
  • Embarrassment
  • Anxiety, shaking, nightmares
  • Concern for the rapist
  • Wondering “Why me?”
  • Shame
  • Anger

Sexual Assault Statistics
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (RAINN calculation based on 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice)

One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

(Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1998)

15% of sexual assault victims are under age 12, 29% are age12-17, 44% are under age 18, 80% are under age 30 (Sexual Offenses and Offenders, 1997; National Crime Victim Survey, 1999) Sexual assault is an act of violence used to control the victim.

Sex is the weapon and power is the motive. Anyone can be a victim; male or female, child or adult. According to 1999 National Crime Victim Survey 72% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to police.

Of the 28% of rapes that are reported, Probability statistics show:

  • There is a 50.8% chance that an arrest will be made
  • If an arrest is made, there is an 80% chance of prosecution
  • If there is a prosecution, there is a 58% chance of a felony conviction
  • If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69% chance the convict will spend time in jail

  • Therefore, even in those 28% of rapes that are reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the rapist will go to prison. Factoring in unreported rapes, about 5% - one out of twenty - of rapists will ever spend a day in jail. 19 out of 20 will walk free. (Probability statistics compiled by NCPA from US Department of Justice Statistics)