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Southside Survivor Response Center
Empowering Women, Children & Families to Live Free From Violence
Serving Martinsville, Henry & Patrick Counties
Southside Survivor Response Center
1-877-WE-HELP6 (934-3576)

Sexual Violence

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual assault is motivated by hostility, power and control over another. It Includes forced, coerced, manipulated or unwanted touching, kissing or sexual intercourse, and verbal harassment.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE FACTS
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men have been victims of sexual assault during their lifetime.
  • 60-75% of all rapes are committed by an acquaintance of the person
  • 85% of sexual assaults in Virginia were committed by males
  • The majority of victims were molested or raped as children

I've been Sexually Assaulted. What should I do?

  • Get to a safe place
  • Do NOT bathe or change clothes (this is vital for DNA collection if you pursue criminal charges)
  • Go to the hospital
  • Police are always available to take a report of the crime
  • Seek counseling
  • Talk to someone you trust; you don't have to go through this alone
  • Give yourself time to recover; try to eat well, spend time with people who support you; do activities that make you feel safe
  • You have choices; figure out what's best for you; talk to our Sexual Violence Advocate if you've been a victim of rape

What can I do if someone tells me they have been sexually assaulted?

  • Believe her; be supportive and let her talk about her situation
  • It's not her fault; reassure her that she does not deserve the abuse
  • Contact us; we can provide support for you and her
You have choices!
Figure out what's best for you.
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