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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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Common Feelings of Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience and can manifest in physical, emotional, and behavioral changes. If you are a survivor of sexual assault, it is important to remember that your emotions are valid and a normal response for the type of trauma you experience. There are certain emotions that many survivors experience
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Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone

For women, traveling alone can be an exciting experience—but it can also be very risky. Women traveling without a partner may be vulnerable to sexual assault, theft, and other violent acts. Whether you plan to visit a new location or are going home to visit friends and family, it is important to
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How Long Does a Sex Crime Conviction Stay on a Record?

A sex crime is a very serious criminal conviction. Every state has its own laws surrounding sex crimes, along with its own sex offender registries. Depending on the state where the crime occurred, perpetrators will likely need to register as sex offenders for several years, if not for life. Their criminal records
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What You Can Expect When Reporting a Sexual Assault

After a sexual assault, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Many survivors feel uncomfortable reporting their assaults to the police—according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), three out of every four sexual assaults go unreported. It can be a stressful and intimidating experience reporting a
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What Are the 3 Types of Trauma?

Psychological trauma occurs after a person experiences an event that is extremely stressful, such as active combat, violent accidents, and incidents of sexual violence. While not everyone who experiences a stressful event will develop trauma, psychological damage is unfortunately common among survivors of sexual assault. There are several types of trauma a
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Can Social Media Affect My Sexual Assault Case?

If you have a pending court date, it is very important to watch what you post online. Prosecutors and defense attorneys use social media to establish character, affirm timelines, and present evidence to the courtroom. Social media can be detrimental to the victim and the perpetrator alike, so it is crucial to
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