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
- 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
- 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
- Problems concentrating
- Guilty feelings
- Negative self-image
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.