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Sexual Assault Statistics for 2010:
 
19,007 incidents of Sexual Assault
20,131 victims of Sexual Assault
The majority came from the 15-19 year age group.

In Ector County: There were 127 reported Sexual Assaults


If you have been assaulted:

Within the last 3 days:
Immediately after the assault, call 9-1-1 or get to a hospital. Do not shower, bathe, change clothes or go to the bathroom.

More than 3 days:
Call The Crisis Center at (432) 333-2527 for counseling information and legal options.

Sexual Assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another using manipulation, pressure, tricks, coercion or physical force.  It is any act a person is forced to perform or receive that includes touching of the genitals or breasts. This includes rape, sodomy, touching or oral sex where the victim is unwilling or unable to give verbal consent, including being under 17 years old, intoxicated, drugged or unconscious.

The sexual assault victim is the person most affected by this traumatizing experience; however, family, friends, co-workers and the community also experience the impact of sexual violence.
 
 
Survivors may experience some of the following responses:
  • Fear responses to reminders of the assault
  • Pervading sense of anxiety, wondering if it’s possible to ever feel safe again
  • Re-experiencing assault over and over again through flashbacks
  • Problems concentrating and staying focused on the task at hand
  • Guilty feelings
  • Developing a negative self-image, feeling “dirty” inside or out
  • Depression
  • Disruptions in close relationships
  • Loss of interest in sex
Family/Friends
It is normal for family and friends to feel confused, upset and angry and have many of the same responses the survivor may experience. At a time when you want most to help the survivor through this crisis, you will be dealing with a crisis of your own.  You may have some of the following responses:
  • Wishing that the survivor could have prevented it
  • Finding it difficult to listen when the sur­vivor needs to talk
  • Trying to “make” the survivor talk when she/he is not ready
  • Being tempted to make decisions for the survivor
  • Being over-pro­tective
  • Trying to hide the assault from others or telling others about the assault without the survivor’s permission
  • Trying to resolve the crisis quickly, to “fix it”
 
Victims of sexual assault need someone who can hear what they say without blame or judgment: listen and believe!
 
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