Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.
What is sexual assault?
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:
- Attempted rape
- Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
- Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
- Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The National Sexual Assault Violence Resource Center (NSAVR), is building on their awareness campaign from 2017 which was centered around engaging new voices. Their campaign for spreading awareness in 2018 is all about embracing your voice. Our words shape the world around us, and how we talk about sexual violence matters.
How to Embrace Your Voice
To speak with someone who is trained to help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or chat online at online.rainn.org.