Sexual assault can encompass a range of experiences identified by survivors. It occurs when a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assault is a term that includes a wide range of victimizations which may or may not involve force or be illegal.
Find someone to talk to for emotional support and information
Sexual violence can deeply affect many areas of our lives: health, spirituality, emotions, sexuality, and relationships
Crisis Support Network is an accredited community sexual assault program and provides:
- 24/7 crisis intervention and information
- Legal advocacy
- Medical advocacy
- Someone to talk to
- Systems coordination
- Community education
- Prevention through social change and skills building.
- Support with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
- Specialized therapy
- Medical social work services
- Disability, language and ADA access assistance
Sexual assault, rape, coercion, harassment and other crimes are not always simple like you might see in the media. How you feel about what happened is what matters. Many people find talking to a sexual assault advocate helpful.
How does Sexual Assault impact survivors?
This kind of boundary violation impacts the survivor’s perception of when or how to set boundaries. Survivors may be unfamiliar with boundaries in general; they may not know that they have a right to create and reinforce them. Many survivors need support developing and practicing boundaries.
Most survivors find it difficult to trust other people as well as themselves and their own perceptions. On the other hand, they may place an inappropriate level of trust in everyone.
Asking for help when life feels hard is important. You deserve happiness and peace of mind.
As a support person, or someone working with a survivor of sexual assault, helping to identify and normalize feelings and reactions can be helpful. Call us if you need support in helping others.