WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?
Sexual Assault is any form of sexual contact without consent or permission. Any sexual contact with a child by an older person is assault and a crime. Men, women, and children of any age are at risk. Sexual assault can occur between strangers, acquaintances, intimate partners and family members. Sexual assault is not an accident. It is a choice. The victim
is never responsible for the assault.
WHAT TO DO
Get to a safe place.
Do not bathe.
Do not change your physical appearance.
Save clothing and items involved.*
Call 911 or go to the nearest medical facility as soon as possible; even if your feel your injuries are not serious, you may have unseen injuries that need medical attention. You may want to rule out pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
*Whether or not you wish to report the assault immediately, it is still important to collect medical evidence, in the event you wish to report at a later time.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC
Domestic violence is a pattern of violent and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.
Victims of domestic violence often struggle with feelings of helplessness, shame, and fear. Many are unaware that there is help available. The victim may have limited financial resources, may not be a legal citizen, or may have other reasons they continue to stay with the abuser. New Hope does not make judgments, or tell you what you have to do. The choice
Many times a victim is forced or coerced into losing touch with family or friends. If someone you know is being abused let them know you care. Let them know that there is help available.
New Hope’s Vision Statement
It is our vision to empower individuals by providing a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment for healing from abuse.
PLAN FOR YOUR SAFETY
Seek the support of a caring person who
understands this is a very real problem.
Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
Seek medical attention as soon as
possible. Tell the truth about injuries.
Ask for information on legal rights,
medical protection, and domestic
Work out a safety plan, with help, to
protect yourself and your children.
Learn how to break away from the cycle
of abuse. You are NOT alone.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO
BE FREE FROM ABUSE!!!