Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Sexual assault can occur by force, coercion, pressure, intimidation, fear, threat and/or extortion. It includes but is not limited to rape, attempted rape, incest, fondling, sexual harassment and other forms of unwelcome/non-consensual sexual activity.
• 81.3% of females and 70.8% of males became victims of sexual assault prior to turning 25
• 43.6% of American women experiences some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
• 24.8 % of American men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
• Every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, and every 9 minutes, the victim is a child.
• More than half of assaults occurred at or near the victim’s home
• The majority of the time, the perpetrator is someone the victim already knows
• Schools are required by law (Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972) to ensure that no student has to share campus space (such as dorms, classes and workspaces) with their abuser.
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