If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence and are in need of counseling, legal action, or emergency shelter, please contact the numbers listed below:
Department of Defense Safe Helpline:
a service for members of the U.S. military and their families, operated by RAINN for the Department of Defense
For many survivors of sexual violence, the realization that they are survivors does not come for days, weeks, months, or years after their assault or abuse. The term “sexual violence” is an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse. Sexual violence can take different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.
Please note that the legal definition of these crimes can vary from state to state. We recommend exploring RAINN’s State Law Database for more information.
The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:
Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. The term rape is often used as a legal definition to specifically include sexual penetration without consent. To see how your state legally defines rape and other forms of sexual assault, visit RAINN’s State Law Database.
It’s hard to know what to say or do after you’ve been assaulted, but we want you to know that you are not alone and it was not your fault.
Regardless of what you choose to do, know that you are not alone. We believe you and we stand with you.
Everyone’s healing journey is different. It takes time, but don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. At Rise, many of us have been where you are now. We stand with you, and we promise you it gets better. Here are some tips that get us through, every day.
Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. It’s likely that you know someone who is a survivor, whether you’re aware of it or not. Survivors may have issues with mental health and can struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, and/or anxiety. It’s important to extend as much grace as possible to others.
Here’s how you can be a good ally: