Sexual assault is any type of forced or coerced sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Sexual assault includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment or threats. In the United States, nearly one in five women has been raped and almost half of women have experienced another type of sexual assault.1 If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault.
After a sexual assault, you may feel fear, shame, guilt, or shock. These feelings are normal. But sexual assault is never your fault. It may be frightening to think about talking about the assault, but it is important to get help. Call the organizations below 24 hours a day. All calls are free and confidential:
- National Sexual Assault Hotline(link is external), 800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat with a trained hotline worker on the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline(link is external).
- National Domestic Violence Hotline(link is external), 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TTY)
Each state and territory has organizations and hotlines to help people who have been sexually assaulted.
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