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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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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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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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