According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sexual assault is defined as "any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion." Sexual Assault can happen in different situations including in your home by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place.
|TYPES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Offender makes unwanted or inappropriate sexual advances towards the victim such as touching the victim's body in way that the victim does not want.
Offender coerces or force the victim to engage in vaginal, anal, and/or oral penetration. These acts without the victim's knowledge.
Sexual activity or contact between family members.
Offender gains pleasure from watching victims when they are nude or private sexual acts.
Offender exposing themselves in public.
Offender makes unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances in professional or social situations.
WHAT TO DO IF SEXUALLY ASSAULTED
Sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault- no matter where or how it happened. Don't be afraid to ask for help or support. If you are assaulted, we encourage you to take the following steps:Call 911
Call a trusted friend or family member, a crisis center or the sexual assault hotline (800-656-4673) to speak with a counselor.
|If the assault was recent:
Do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body or change your clothes. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault.
|Go to the nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. The Nampa Family Justice Center has a team of nurses who are Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners. They are experienced in conducting sexual assault examinations, which include treatment for injuries, screening for possible sexually transmitted infections, and evidence collection.