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How Do I Get a Copy of My Police Report?

After a sexual assault, you have multiple options to seek help. You can contact a local sexual assault resource center to speak to a counselor or trained advocate. You can go to the hospital and receive a forensic medical exam and treatment for any immediate injuries. You can also contact law enforcement
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What Is Considered Evidence in a Sexual Assault Case?

In the United States, seeking a conviction for a sexual assault can be a difficult process. To successfully establish the perpetrator’s guilt, the prosecution will need to meet the burden of proof, or the legal duty to prove an alleged crime. There are several pieces of evidence that survivors can use to
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How Is the Privacy of Sexual Assault Victims Protected?

For sexual assault survivors, maintaining confidentiality is very important. Many survivors avoid seeking help out of embarrassment, shame, or fear of retaliation—and protecting victims’ privacy can make it easier for these survivors to seek help. Most sexual assault advocacy organizations and crisis centers have stringent policies in place to protect the privacy
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5 Ways to Support Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April marks the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. Each year, survivors, activists, organizations, and allies participate in events designed to raise awareness of and prevent sexual violence. Although Sexual Assault Awareness Month may look different in 2021, there are multiple ways that you can show your
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Alcohol Safety Tips for Women

Going out for a drink is a fun and popular social activity for many people. However, alcohol can severely impair a person’s judgement, motor skills, and other important functions—which can raise the risk of falling victim to a violent crime. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), between
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The History of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2021 is the 20th official anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. For years before its declaration, advocates have fought to increase awareness of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment in order to prevent and end sexual violence. The history of Sexual Assault Awareness Month has deep roots in
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Important Sexual Assault Statistics To Know

Sexual assault occurs when one person makes sexual contact with another without his or her consent. A vastly underreported crime, sexual assault affects millions of Americans each year. If you or a loved one have experienced sexual assault, you are not alone—and the following statistics can help you better understand this act
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What to Do If You See a Sexual Assault Taking Place

Sexual assault is a violent crime that affects thousands of people each year. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), one person in the United States experiences sexual assault every 73 seconds. While the only person responsible for an assault is the perpetrator, bystander intervention can help prevent or
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How to Report a Sexual Assault

The majority of sexual violence survivors do not report their assault to the police. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), only 230 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults result in a police report. Additionally, 13% of survivors did not report the crime out of the belief that the
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