sexual assault response


What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is a broad category that includes any sexual behavior against another person that is forced, coerced or manipulated, such as: rape, child molestation, incest, and same-sex assault. Perpetrators of sexual assault may be friends, family members, acquaintances, significant others, marital partners, strangers or people in positions of power. Sexual assault is a crime of violence and is not motivated by sex, but an intention to inflict violence and humiliation on the victim and to exert power and control over his/her body. Our dedicated volunteers and staff can help victims in a variety of ways, from immediate response to advocacy needs, we are here to help. Click here for more information.

Victims of rape and sexual assault may experience an increased vulnerability, sleeping and eating disturbances, fear, depression, anxiety, shame, guilt and embarrassment. Some victims may believe that the rape is their fault and may be reluctant to disclose their victimization with family or friends. However, with effective intervention, the victim can become a survivor with a greater awareness of self and an increased self-esteem. No one under any circumstances should be sexually violated and sexual assault is never the fault of the victim.

Where to Find Help
Family Services provides assistance in a variety of areas to help you in your recovery. Whether you were recently assaulted or the incident happened many years ago, we are here to help you put the pieces back together. Call our 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line at (336) 722-4457 for immediate assistance or to ask questions regarding a personal situation for self, friends or family.

What Should I Do If I've Been Sexually Assaulted?
bullet Get to a safe place and call law enforcement or the 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line at (336) 722-4457.
bullet If there is any chance you want to report the incident to law enforcement, do not shower or bathe, eat or drink, change clothes or straighten up the area until evidence can be collected. You can later decide whether to prosecute, but once the evidence is lost, it can never be recovered.
bullet Seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important that you receive treatment for injuries, prevention of STDs and pregnancy. The Emergency Departments of Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will provide a timely, compassionate response for victims 14 and older. Anyone younger than 14 should go to the WFBH. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), using state-of-art equipment, will collect forensic evidence that may be necessary for prosecution. A trained victim advocate is available to support you through this process at your request.
bullet If you suspect you may have been drugged, if you feel dizzy, confused or have other sudden unexplained symptoms, be sure to inform the SANE at the hospital.


What Services are Available?
bullet Advocates can assist you through the legal and court process and in applying for Victim's Compensation.
bullet Crisis intervention is available for all survivors male and female of all ages.
bullet Support and information for family and friends.
bullet Groups are also available for female survivors.
bullet Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained nurses affiliated with both local hospitals.


Sexual Assault Statistics
bullet A woman is raped every two minutes in the United States.
bullet One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their life times.
bullet Seventy-three percent of sexual assaults are perpetrated by non-strangers; a husband, relative, intimate partner or acquaintance.
bullet Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.
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