What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent. Sexual assault of any type is never the victim's fault. No one ever asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted. Aggressors use sexual violence as a weapon to control, humiliate, dominate and abuse their victims. Sexual assault is not about sexual desire, intimacy or passion.
Sexual assault can include "date" and acquaintance rape, marital rape, stranger rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment.
Anybody can be sexually assaulted, regardless of gender, age, race, appearance, sexual orientation, education level, socioeconomic status, marital status or religious beliefs.
Sexual assault is a devastating crime and the effects are shared by victims and those who love them.
What do I do if I've been sexually assaulted?
Please file a report with your local law enforcement agency, or the agency located where the assault occurred. If the assault happened less than 84 hours ago or if you sustained injuries you should have a medical examination. If you are 14 or younger, please go to CARES Northwest, located at Legacy Emanuel Hospital (503) 331-2400. If you are 15 or older, please go to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (503) 216-2861.
You are not alone, and you have choices. You may complete a medical exam (sexual assault forensic exam) and report anonymously or you may file a report with the police.
If you suspect that you were given a "date rape drug", bring your drinking container with you for testing.