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Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape is defined as being forced to have penetrative intercourse without consent

Consent is when a person agrees by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice

Sexual assault can be perpetrated by both men and women.  Sexual assault refers to sexual touching rather than a physical assault.  This includes touching: with any part of the body; with anything else; through anything (clothing), and in particular includes touching amounting to penetration.  All of the above is without consent.  It is also a criminal offence to cause a person to engage in a sexual activity without consent.

Statistics and facts

  • 8% of women/girls who reported an incident were raped by a stranger
  • 45% of women were raped by current partners/husbands
  • There are increasing numbers of young victims of rape aged under 20 years old
  • 40% of young people know girls whose boyfriends have coerced or pressurised them into some form of sexual activity
  • 40% of adults who are raped tell no one about the assault and 31% of children who experience sexual violence, reach adulthood without disclosing the abuse
  • Male rape does happen and is one of the most under reported crimes

Impact of rape and sexual assault

In all cases, rape and sexual assault have a detrimental effect on a person’s life. It may affect not only the person who has been raped or assaulted, but also those around them. Not everyone reacts in the same way but some common reactions to rape and assault are:

  • Feeling that people will not believe you or that they will judge you
  • Feeling isolated and alone
  • Feeling that no one will understand what has happened
  • Being afraid to tell anyone about it and self-blame
  • Guilt and shame, or feeling that you should have done something to prevent it
  • Finding it difficult to trust those around you and to make new friends
  • Existing relationships may become strained or breakdown
  • Adopting harmful coping strategies such as alcohol, drugs or self harm
  • Feeling that you are overwhelmed and can no longer cope with everyday life

Has it happened to you?

  • Are you safe?
  • Have you told anyone?
  • Do you need medical attention?
  • What are you going to do now?
  • Are you aware of your choices, options and what services are out there for you?
  • Do you need help, support, advice or just someone to listen?

We know it is difficult to talk about what has happened, but telling someone can really help

Sandwell Women’s Aid provides services that are sensitive to and meet the needs of individual victims.  Contact us and we will help you to get the support that you need. 

It is important to remember that the abuse you have experienced is not your fault.

We will believe you. We will listen to you, support you and give you time and space to decide what you want to do. We won’t judge you because of what you say or force you to make a decision.  We can also offer support if you decide to report to the police.

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