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Sexual Assault

Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a person without his or her consent or when the person is incapable of giving consent.

Examples

  • Any sexual activity performed in the absence of consent or through coercion
  • Forced oral, anal, or vaginal sex with any body part or object
  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Keeping someone from protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs
  • Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or unable to give a clear and informed "yes"
  • Threatening or pressuring someone into sexual activity

Get Help

Has sexual assault occurred in the last 5 days?

If you want evidence to be collected, make sure that you don't bathe and that you take the clothes that you were wearing (in a paper bag) at the time of the assault to the hospital. However, if you have bathed or do not have the clothes, evidence can still be collected.

If you would like medical treatment and evidence collection, go to one of the hospitals below where an advocate can be called to meet with you:

Has sexual assault occurred more than 5 days ago?

After 5 days have passed, evidence that is able to be processed is unlikely to be collected. Testing for sexually transmitted infections and treatment for unwanted pregnancy may still be available to you at Rockwood Clinic, Deaconess HospitalSacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Holy Family, or Valley Hospital, Rockwood. To learn more about your options, contact Student Support and Advocacy at 509.359.7924.

Reacting to sexual assault

Sexual assault can be one of the most painful and disruptive things that can happen in someone's life. It is natural if your emotions frequently fluctuate.  Here is a list of common feelings and reactions that survivors of sexual violence have reported:

  • Wondering "why me?"
  • Fear
  • Anger or rage
  • Numbness or emptiness
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping/change in sleeping habits
  • Change in eating habits
  • Disbelief
  • Shame
  • Betrayal
  • Sense of loss
  • Loss of control
  • Nightmares
  • Guilt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feelings of withdrawal
  • Panic
  • Reluctance to go to school/work
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