What You Need to Know about Sexual Assault.
Sexual Assault happens more often than most people are aware. Some experts estimate that one out of every three women will be sexually assaulted sometime in her life. Women of all ages can be victims of sexual assault, from very small children to grandmothers.
The most common place for a woman to be sexually assaulted is in her own home, not out on the street. More sexual assaults are committed by friends, relatives and acquaintances of the victim than are committed by strangers.
Victims of sexual assault usually don’t get beaten up or killed. The damage that sexual assault does is invisible; it doesn’t leave marks on the body as much as it leaves marks on the mind and soul. It causes very serious emotional damage.
Men and boys can be victims of sexual assault, too. Usually if a man is sexually assaulted, it is by another man (and often that man is not a homosexual).
Sexual Assault is about power, control, and humiliation–it has very little, oftentimes nothing, to do with sex.
If It Happens To You
It was not your fault. No one asks to be sexually assaulted.
After the assault, seek safe surroundings.
Preserve evidence by not bathing, eating, changing clothes or straightening up the surroundings.
If you wish to report the crime, call 911 immediately and a police officer will assist you as soon as possible.
Seek medical attention, even if you do not think you have been hurt. There could be hidden injuries.
The Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center will be there to provide emotional support both during and following the forensic exam. Just call us at the number listed below at any time. We are available to you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days per year.
Remember, you do not have to go through this alone!
The Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day at (951) 686-7273 OR (866) 686-7273.