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Sexual Assault

Description

Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence, regardless of age, race, or gender. Likewise, assailants can be anyone: strangers, friends, or family members.

Crimes involving sexual violence often lead to long-term negative consequences for the victim. In addition to any physical injuries from the assault, victims often suffer from emotional and psychological trauma that sexual violence introduces into their lives.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) play a critical role in supporting sexual assault victims.

SANE programs train registered nurses to provide comprehensive health care to survivors of sexual assault leading to higher prosecution and conviction rates in sexual abuse cases. SART programs help communities provide a coordinated response for victims in what can often seem like a complicated maze of governmental and community agencies.

The following resources provide information on sexual abuse or violence.

The number of sexual assaults that occur in the U.S. is available in Criminal Victimization in the United States: Statistical Tables from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The annual Crime in the United States report, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, provides data on rape reported to the police.

For additional information about sexual assault, visit the Sexual Assault section of our website.

Many OVC publications and products are available in hardcopy and can be ordered from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), OVC's information clearinghouse. You can search for and order available OVC resources via the NCJRS Publications/Products page. While these resources are free, shipping and handling fees may apply. View the Shopping Cart Help at NCJRS for more information.

Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund administered by the OVC as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act.

Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone at 855–484–2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.

Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.

Date Created: June 1, 2020