What is Sexual Assault? | How Many Women Are Sexually Assaulted?

It is the violent perpetuation of a sexual act on a person without their consent.

It can include any of the following actions: sodomy, forced vaginal or anal intercourse, oral copulation, forced copulation of mouth or anus of another, assault with a foreign object, and serial battery.

It can dramatically disrupt the roles usually performed by the adult woman.   

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is a form of sexual force in which the perpetrator sexually touches another person or physically forces her/him to engage in a sexual act against her/him without consent.
Watching private sexual acts, repeated requests for sexual acts after being told “no,” and unwanted touching of genitals, breasts, or buttocks above or underclothes are examples of sexual assault.

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Signs and symptoms

Physical symptoms

  • Presence of physical injuries may include bruising, lacerations to the perineum, hymen, vulva, vagina, cervix, and anus.
  • Fractures
  • Subdural hematomas
  • Cerebral concussions
  • Intraabdominal injuries
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy

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Psychological symptoms

  • Shock and Numbness
  • Denial or withdrawal
  • Calm, cry or express anger
  • Self-blame, depression, and suicidal ideation may also occur, Fear of another assault
  • Flashback, intrusive recall, sleep disturbances, GI symptoms ad numbing of feeling
  • Embarrassment, swings, irritability, Feeling of despair, shame, and hopelessness                      

How many women are sexually assaulted?

Between every 60 to 70 seconds, a woman is sexually assaulted. Average 17-18 million women from America had been victims of completed rape. More than 4 million victims under age 12 are raped or assaulted every year in the United States. 1 out of 6 women has been experienced unwanted intercourse in America.

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Collaborative care

  • Make sure emotional and physical safety has the highest priority.
  • History collection and conduction of physical, pelvic examination.
  • Laboratory test
  • Follow up physical and psychological care.

Conclusion

Talking about sexual consent can be uncomfortable, but it’s essential to understand what behaviors are categorized in sexual assault. Being sexually assaulted is not your fault. You have nothing to feel guilty about it.

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