What to do if you, or someone you know has been sexually abused:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call emergency services and get somewhere safe.
  • DO NOT SHOWER OR BATHE, get to the nearest hospital where they can give you appropriate medical care.

Help for Sexual Abuse 1 (800) 656 – HOPE (4673) or www.rainn.org

Signs of Sexual Abuse:

  • Nightmares/ sleeping problems
  • Distracted/distant
  • Sudden change in eating habits/refuses to eat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Develops fear/anxiety around people
  • Refuses to talk about secrets
  • Writes/draws/plays/dreams about sexual of frightening things
  • Talks about new, older friend
  • Thinks of body as dirty, repulsive or bad
  • Self-injures
  • Inadequate personal hygiene
  • Runs away from home
  • Depression/anxiety/suicide attempts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Fear of intimacy

Survivors May Feel:

  • Fear responses to reminders of assault
  • Anxiety or wondering if/when they will feel safe again
  • Flashbacks
  • Problems concentrating
  • Guilty feelings
  • Negative self-image
  • Anger
  • Depression

Warning Signs that May Suggest Someone is Sexually Abusive

  • Making others uncomfortable by ignoring social, emotional, or physical boundaries
  • Refusing to let a child set his/her own boundaries
  • Insisting on hugging, tickling, kissing, touching, wrestling, or holding a child; even if the child doesn’t agree
  • Turning to a child for emotional or physical comfort by sharing personal information
  • Frequently pointing out sexual images or telling inappropriate jokes with child present
  • Exposing child to adult sexual interactions without concern
  • Having secrets with children or teens
  • Seeming “Too Good to Be True” (frequently babysitting for free, buying kids gifts, etc.)

Sexual Abuse Stats

  • Every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted and every 8 minutes that victim is a child
  • 1 out of every 6 women have been sexually assaulted
  • About 3% of American Men (1 in 33) have experienced an attempted or completed rape
  • From 2009-2013 CPS found that 63,000 children were victims of sexual abuse
  • Of the victims under 18; 34% are under 12, and 66% are 12-17 years old.
  • 9 out of 10 victims are female.
  • 55% of sexual assaults occur at/near the victim’s home; 15% in an open public space; 12% at/near a relative’s home; 10% in an enclosed but public space and 8% on school campus.
  • 94% of victim’s experience PTSD following a sexual assault.