Sexual Abuse and Assault Information

1 IN 4 FEMALES AND 1 IN 7 MALES ARE AT RISK
OF SEXUAL ABUSE BEFORE THE AGE OF 18 (those reported)

Did you know?

  • In the United States, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2-3 minutes.
  • 1 in 36 college women will experience attempted or completed rape in an academic year.
  • There are more women in America who have been victims of sexual assault than women who wear glasses.
  • About 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by persons who are know to the victim.
  • When you factor in unreported rapes, only 1 of 16 rapist will ever spend any time in jail (source:  http://www.geocities.com/tear7506/factsheet1.htm)

Sexual Assault Can Happen:

  • To anyone, any time (day or night), anywhere (home, on a date, at a party in a car, in public).
  • Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, age, race, appearance, occupation.
  • Even if you say “no” to an acquaintance or on a date.
  • As a drug-facilitated offense (whether or not you know you are consuming it)

Find more information:

24-HOUR RAPE CRISES HOTLINE:  201-487-2227
Bergen County Rape Crisis Center


If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Don't bathe, shower, douce, change your clothes, eat, drink, smoke or urinate, if possible.
  • Contact your local rape crisis program (In Bergen County, call 201-487-2227) for support, guidance, and information or to meet you at a hospital. The centers are free, confidential, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For centers in New Jersey, click here.
  • Get immediate medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. A medical exam is also necessary to gather physical evidence.

Survivors may experience some or all of the following reactions:

Emotional shockHelplessness
FearGuilt
AnxietyShame
Concerns about sexual intimacy

Your rights as a survivor of sexual violence:

To be treated with respect and dignity.
To be assured of confidentiality.
To be allowed freedom of choice concerning the decisions that affect your life.
To be made aware of all the medical, legal and social service options available.
To be made aware of and to receive medical and counseling services whether or not the crime is reported to the police.
To be treated without prejudice regarding race, class, life-style, age, or occupation.

Support is available, whether the victimization occurred several minutes or many years ago.
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Adapted from a publication of the
NJ Division on Women

Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women