"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So, it is better to speak."
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault refers to sexual contact without consent. This includes rape, sexual abuse, attempted rape, and unwanted sexual touching. It may include penetration- including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex- but it does not need to include these acts in order to be considered sexual assault.
Anything that isn't consensual is assault.
If you are unable to willingly consent to sex (if you are under the influence, for example) and unwanted sexual contact occurs, it is considered sexual assault. In order for sex to be consensual, both people need to be able to consent, to understand the implications of their consent, and to participate in sexual activities freely.
No ALWAYS means NO, regardless of what you're wearing, how much you've had to drink, or how many times you've been sexually involved with the person in the past. Sexual assault and rape are crimes of opportunity.
You did NOT invite this, and it is NOT your fault.
You are NOT alone. Call Restore (formerly Rape Crisis) @ (585)546-2777.
All services are free and confidential. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know needs help dealing with the aftermath of unwanted sexual contact, call us.