Young people need to receive information about rape and sexual assault. There is still a great deal of misunderstanding about this. Rape, sexual assault or the attempt to do either is a violent crime against an individual. It is not an act of passion. The rapist can be anyone-a neighbor, a date, a friend, a relative or a stranger.
If someone you know forces you to have sexual intercourse or other sexual contact against your will it is called acquaintance rape. When this happens in a date situation, it is also called date rape.
No one has the right to pressure or force anyone to have sex even if
Reinforce your teen's sense that they have the right to say no to anyone who tries to touch them in any way that makes them uncomfortable. If a person will not leave them alone, they need to try to get away as soon as possible. If someone is raped, it is not his/her fault. S/he is the victim, not the criminal.
If someone is raped or sexually assaulted s/he needs to
The doctor can help involve the police if the victim wants to. Contacting the police may alleviate your fears and provide you with a sense of security. The decision to prosecute a criminal matter is between you, your parents or guardian, the police, and the District Attorney's office.
The victim of an assault needs to have people to talk with about feelings-people who will listen for as long as it takes. Support of family is important.
Here are some resources:
Rape Crisis Service, (800)638-5163, or TDD: (800)247-7273
Lifeline, (800)310-1160, or TDD: (585)275-2700
Police Emergency, 911
The emergency rooms of local hospitals provide services to rape victims:
Clifton Springs Hospital, (315)462-9561
F.F. Thompson Hospital, (585)396-6000
Genesee Hospital, (585)263-5400
Geneva General Hospital, (585)787-4000
Highland Hospital, (585)461-6880
Rochester General Hospital, (585)338-2300
Strong Hospital, (585)275-4550
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