The Facts About Sexual Assault
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
The typical stereotype of a sexual assault suspect is a sex-crazed maniac or psychopath. In reality, people who sexually assault are not always strangers to their victims. In more than one-third of reported cases, the rapist is an acquaintance, neighbor, friend, or relative.
Although sexual conduct is a component of this crime, suspects mainly want to hurt, humiliate, and degrade another human being. Regardless of the sexual nature of the crime, it is a crime of violence.
How Can It Happen?
These simple examples show that the tragedy of sexual assault can strike anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
- "When the salesman knocked on the door, I let him in. He was friendly at first, then all of a sudden he grabbed me."
- "I was downstairs in the laundry room of our apartment building. I had been there alone many times before, but this time."
- "I was walking to work in broad daylight. A car stopped next to me. The driver leaned over and asked for directions. When I got close to the car, he pulled out a gun and told me to get in."