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What Is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a violation of a person's body, sexuality, and sense of self and safety. 

What is it?

What is Sexual Assault?

It is a range of behaviors

Sexual assault can begin with words, gestures, jokes and intimidation. It can progress to coercion, threats and actions that involve sexual touching or intercourse, and may involve other forms of violence.

It can effect anyone, anywhere

Survivors of sexual assault include people of all ages, races, genders, and religions - with and without disabilities. Anyone can be a victim, and everyone is affected - directly or indirectly- by sexual assault. 

It is an umbrella term

Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. It can include completed or attempted attacks, and may or may not involve force and threats.

Its effects can last a lifetime

Survivors of sexual assault may never forget their victimization, but they can heal with support from family, friends, and their communities. 

Power and Control Wheel

Power and Control Wheel


This link above connects you to the Love Is Respect website.

To speak to a local advocate, please return the SAFE San Juans site to connect with help in your area.

Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope.

Click to read full anonymous story from a past SAFE San Juans client. 

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