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Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.    Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program

Serving the County's of Halifax, Charlotte, Mecklenburg & Lunenburg

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                           Sexual Assault & Violence

There are many types of sexual violence, including rape, child sexual abuse, and intimate partner sexual violence—and other crimes and forms of violence may arise jointly in these instances. Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. Stop Sexual Assault if you see something do something

What is Sexual Assault?

From kissing to touching to having sexual intercourse-sexual contact of any kind with someone who has not given their consent is sexual assault. A sexual assault is a crime.

Saying “No” to sex can be hard, especially if you feel pressured by someone you really like no matter what the situation, or how much you care about someone, you always have the right to say “No” to sex.

Date Rape

Nothing-not even previous consensual sex-entitles anyone to force others to perform sexual acts. Without consent, forcing sexual contact is a crime. Date rape is a betrayal of trust and causes long-lasting emotional injuries. Date Rape or Acquaintance Rape is about power, control and anger not romance.


Most sexual assaults happen in familiar settings.

Not all sexual assaults or rapes involve force. 

Threatening a person or purposely getting a person so drunk that he or she cannot consent can also be rape or assault. 

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere. 

Sexual assault can happen to women, men, and children. 

Most sexual assaults are committed by someone the person knows.

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed.

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse
  • A majority of child victims are 12-17. 
  • Of victims under the age of 18: 

34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under age 12.

66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are age 12-17.

What can I do now?

Talk to someone you trust.

Many people who have been sexually assaulted never tell anyone. It might be because they are ashamed or because they fear how other might react. 

It can help to talk to someone you trust. That person could be: Friend or family, Coworker, Parent/Teacher, Faith community leader, Sexual Assault Crisis Center advocate: Anyone you feel comfortable talking with. Give yourself time to recover.

This is an important time to take care of yourself. If you can, lower stress in other parts of your life. If you need time to yourself, it is okay to say that to your friends and family. 

Here are some other suggestions for taking care of yourself: 

Try to eat 

Spend time with people who support you 

Spend less time with people who make you feel bad 

Plan time for activities that make you feel safe.

How can a Sexual Assault Crisis Center help me?

A Sexual Assault Crisis Center is a place that helps people who have been sexually assaulted. People with special training will talk to you in a safe place about what has happened. They listen to you and will help you find ways to help yourself feel better. They have many free services that may help you.

If you want to talk to someone, please call Tri-County CAA’s Sexual Assault Program hotline (434) 571-1136

Paid in part by DCJS-SADVGP Grant 2016-2017