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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Do you think sexual assault happens primarily between strangers? In fact, in 70 percent of cases, the rapist is someone the victim knows – and in almost one in five sexual assaults, the assailant is in an intimate relationship with the victim.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse take place within intimate relationships, and are often a result of an abusive person believing he or she has the right to control his or her partner’s sexuality.  We know that sexual abuse does not always include physical force.  Sometimes a person participates in sexual acts that they do not want to because they fear what will happen if they say “no.”

We hear on the hotline…

  • “He made me do things I didn’t want to do.”
  • “I knew he would keep me up all night if I said no to sex.” 
  • “He beat me and then raped me.”
  • “He made me have sex with people for money.”
  • “I didn’t know that’s not the way sex was for everyone.”
  • “I’m afraid he’s sexually molesting our daughter when she goes to his house for visits.”

Are you wondering if what you have experienced is abusive? Take our quiz.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Part of a healthy relationship is knowing that your partner respects your sexual choices.  We believe your sexuality should be a place of safety, not of fear.

A few good resources to check out…