Considering the media attention to sexual assault, and the rise in survivors who are willing to tell their stories, it is imperative to understand the definitions of abuse. You can find in-depth resources at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which serves to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. You will see accurate information for victims and survivors, advocates and activists, parents and teachers.
Here is a brief explanation of the meanings of sexual assault/rape. We need to be educated if we are to eradicate the social problems that plaque our society and cause a loss of human potential.
- State laws vary. Contact your state’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- I am not an attorney, therapist, or doctor. I share from personal experience and impart others' information to break the silence, comfort victims, and challenge society. Anything I write is as a volunteer and not intended for professional purposes.