WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?
No means no, bottom line.
You have the right to the power of your own body and to have boundaries. You are not a victim; you are a survivor.
There are so many survivors of all different gender and identities. It doesn’t just happen to one gender. Some survivors may stay silent for years before sharing their story. However, the act is in no way acceptable.
If you think you may be the victim of abuse, please seek help from a Domestic Violence Advocate. If you are local (Fremont of Custer Counties) call us at 719-275-2429.
Now, the subject of sex assault seems to be taken more seriously today. And our staff at Family Crisis Services are here to help you through the path of healing, no matter gender/identity, walk of life, or timeline.
Many people are subjected to being sexually harassed and assaulted by others who felt as though they were in the position of power. Sexual assault isn’t just non-consensual sex with a stranger. No, it comes in multiple forms, that some people may not even be aware that they are being abused.
Let’s take a look at a few of those circumstances, so you can know the different forms sexual assault can look like.
Acquaintance Sexual Assault:
Occurs when someone you know, or trust forces you to have sex. It can happen on a first date or someone you have been going out with for a few weeks. It can include friends, classmates, co-workers, girlfriend/boyfriends, or teachers.
Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault:
This is when drugs are utilized to cause amnesia and impairs your judgement. Drugs, even alcohol lowers inhibitions and can affect consciousness. The most common tools used are alcohol and ‘ruffies.’ You cannot consent to have sex when you are under the influence.
Marital Sexual Assault:
Are sexual acts committed without a person’s consent, and the perpetrator is the individual’s spouse. Not a single person is entitled to control over your body. You still have the power to say ‘no’ when you are married, you do not owe anyone, anything.
Minor Sexual Assault:
Is any act with a child by a person of trust or someone older (depending on state law of age of consent) This can come in forms of peeping at a child, exposing oneself to a child, or even exposing a child to pornography.
Sexual assault may have other pieces. Pieces such as: physical force/pressure, emotional coercion, psychological force, threats, or manipulation to coerce.