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About Sexual Assault

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What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted behavior or contact of a sexual nature, in which consent is either not obtained or not freely given.  It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity, such as touching or groping, voyeurism, child molestation, rape, or attempted rape.

An act of sexual violence is deliberate, and is used to make another person feel helpless, humiliated and degraded, and in turn, make the perpetrator feel powerful.

What is Consent?

Consent is clear, voluntary, informed, verbal agreement to any form of sexual contact or behavior. Consent happens when both people involved can freely express their needs and wants without fear of their partner’s reaction. Consent is mutual and enthusiastic.

What is not consent?

  • Consent cannot be obtained by coercion, force, or manipulation. If you are threatened or “talked into” giving consent, it does not count.
  • Consent is not implied by a current or prior relationship. Even if you’re married, you have a right to say “no.”
  • Consent to one form of sexual contact is not implied by consent to a different form. If you consent to kissing, you have not automatically consented to touching. Giving consent to touching does not imply consent to intercourse.
  • Consent is not implied by prior sexual activity. You have the right to decide what you want or don’t want at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated or otherwise incapable of giving consent.
  • Consent is not implied by clothing or behavior. You have the right to your own body.
  • Consent is not implied by silence or lack of active resistance. Only “Yes!” means Yes.

Sexual contact that happens without obtaining explicit consent is assault.

If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, you have the right to speak up, say No, or leave. You have the right to your own body.

Remember, it is never the victim’s fault. If you are incapacitated, afraid, or uncomfortable for any reason with explicitly saying no or fighting back, this does not mean that you have given consent or are responsible for being assaulted.

Assault is a crime – it is not about sex or “passion.” It is a crime of power and control, using sexual organs.

If you have been sexually assaulted, call our Confidential 24-Hour Hotline: 208.345.7273

What can I do if I’ve been assaulted?

The WCA provides a 24-hour rape crisis hotline with trained staff who can provide guidance and support for survivors of sexual assault. You can call our Hotline at 208.345.7273 for immediate assistance.

We also offer court advocacy, counseling, and support groups for survivors.

The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network offers additional information and help on what to do following a sexual assault.

What can I do if my loved one has been assaulted?

Some guidelines to follow if your friend or family member tells you that they have been assaulted:

  • Avoid Secondary Wounding. Your loved one has already had power taken from them.  You can help them regain some sense of control by letting them make their own decisions on what to do about it.
  • Believe your loved one. It takes a lot of courage to tell someone.
  • Listen without judgment or blame; be supportive.
  • Reassure them that the assault was not their fault.
  • Do not pry. Allow the survivor to offer or not to offer the details of the assault.
  • Allow the survivor to choose with whom they will share the details of the assault.
  • Encourage the survivor to contact authorities. However, do not pressure them. If they have questions about the criminal justice process, they can call our hotline.
  • If your loved one decides to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to go with them.
  • Understand the survivor might not want to be touched.
  • Be patient. Understand that recovery can take months or years.
  • Find support for yourself. Good self-care is not selfish. It is essential to take care of yourself so that you can continue to support your loved one.

(from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network and Love is Respect)

Our 24-hour hotline staff is trained to assist loved ones of sexual assault survivors as well as survivors. Call 208.345.7273 if you want to talk to a client advocate for more help.

 

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#KnowYourWorth Virtual Event

A virtual event center on TDVAM, featuring youth leaders discussing TDV and its impact, as well as virtual content created by young folks that promotes resources, spreads awareness, or embodies prevention. Thursday, February 26th: 5-6pm on ZOOM More information to come!

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This February during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), the WCA Youth REPs are hosting a call for content.  We are specifically looking for visual art content created by teens for teens that we can use throughout the year on our social media platforms to share resources, spread awareness, and advocate for dating violence prevention.  […]

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Mar 22

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Apr 01

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 1-30, 2021 Find more about the national campaign here

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Apr 28

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Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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