rape & sexual assault
Rape is a crime of violence and domination in which one person forces, coerces or manipulates another person into sexual intercourse. Sexual Assault is a more general term that includes rape as well as other crimes such as incest, sexual harassment and other unwanted sexual contact.
Facts about Rape/Sexual Assault
- Every 2.5 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.
- 44% of victims are 18 and younger.
- College-age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
- Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault (90% are women and 10% are men).
- Rape is about power, control, domination and anger.
- Most rapes are planned in advance.
- 80% of forcible rapes occur to victims aged 30 and younger.
- Between 70% and 80% of all rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.
- 61% of all rapes are not reported to the police.
- The FBI estimates that false accusations account for only 2% of all reported sexual assaults. This is no higher than false reports for any other crime.
- The victim is never to blame!!
Someone who has been sexually assaulted may experience disbelief, loss of control, anger, fear, depression, guilt, denial, mood swings, confusion and inability to concentrate, embarrassment, helplessness, difficulty with intimacy and relationships, and disturbances in eating and or sleeping habits.
What can you do if you have been sexually assaulted or raped?
- Get help immediately. Phone the police, a friend and/or the YWCA’s 24-hour, 7-days-a-week Crisis Line at
- Get to a safe place.
- If you think you were given a date rape drug, try not to urinate before providing any urine samples. If possible, collect any containers from which you drank.
- Do not shower, wash, douche or change your clothes. Valuable evidence could be destroyed.
- Get medical attention immediately.
- You may not remember the attack, but there still can be evidence of intercourse.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed, and don’t try to ignore it. It is a crime that should be reported. Know that an action against the rapist can prevent others from becoming victims.
We can help!
The YWCA of Northwest Georgia wants you to know...abuse or sexual assault is never your fault! Nothing in the way you act, dress or speak causes violent behavior. No one has the right to abuse you or force you to have sex with them! It is a problem that knows no social boundaries or class distinction. Let us help you take steps to protect yourself.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available 24 hours a day to provide medical forensic examinations for sexual assault victims. These registered nurses are trained in advanced assessment and forensic techniques that enhance the quality of the investigation while providing compassionate care. A YWCA sexual assault advocate meets the victim at the hospital along with the SANE nurse.
If you are a victim of sexual violence in Cobb, Cherokee or Paulding counties, call 911 to activate the SANE program. You do not have to press charges. By having a rape kit completed to collect evidence at the time of the assault, you can press charges at a later date.
24-Hour Crisis Line
Advocates on the Crisis Line are available to talk about sexual assault or other abuse issues 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even if you have not talked with anyone about your assault or an assault on your child, or if years have passed since the assault, you can call the crisis line for assistance or information. Call an advocate at 770-427-3390.
Counseling & Support Groups
The YWCA Sexual Assault Program offers free counseling to victims of sexual assault and abuse and their families. Clients generally come in for weekly counseling sessions with a specially trained counselor.
Support groups for adult and teen victims of sexual assault and/or abuse and non-offending parents of children who have been sexually abused are also offered. These groups meet throughout the year.
If you are interested in obtaining more information on counseling or attending a support group, call 770-427-2902.
Preventing Sexual Assault
While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted in social situations.
- When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other, and leave together.
- Practice safe drinking. Try not to leave any beverages unattended or accept drinks from someone you don’t know.
- Have a buddy system. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable or if you are worried about you or your friend’s safety.
- If someone you don’t know or trust asks you to go somewhere alone, reply that you would rather stay with the group.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way out of a bad situation.
- If you don’t want to have sex, say NO like you mean it and fight off advances if you have to.
- If a person has had too much to drink or is on drugs, they cannot consent to sex and having sex with them is legally rape.
What are date rape drugs?
Any sedating substance that can incapacitate a victim. They are colorless, odorless and tasteless. They may be added to a drink without the victim ever knowing.
Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
- The most common form is a liquid.
- A clear or sometimes yellow liquid, usually in a small vial.
- A small pill, varied in shape with an impression on it.
What are the effects of these drugs?
- Loss of motor control
- Upper respiratory distress
- Loss of inhibition
- Impaired judgment
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Amnesia/memory loss
- Death, if combined with alcohol or other drugs
The #1 Date Rape Drug...