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What is sexual assault

Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same: it’s never the victim’s fault.

What is Sexual Assault?
  • Any sexual behavior that is against the will of another person.
  •  Often through manipulation, force, or coercion.
  • Types of sexual assault include:
    • Rape
    • Sexual battery
    • Child sexual abuse
    • Incest
    • Same-sex assault
  •  It is not motivated by sex.
    • It’s a crime committed to exert power and control over the victim, or to inflict humiliation and violence upon the victim.
  • It may or may not involve physical injuries, but it always causes emotional distress.
  • Sexual assault is a crime.
You are not alone.
  • A woman is raped every 2 minutes in the United States.
  • 1 in every 4 females will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • 92% of victims know the perpetrator of the sexual assault.
 Recovering from sexual assault, you may experience:
  • Shock and disbelief
  • Fears about personal safety and vulnerability
  • Anger
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, and humiliation
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Feelings of betrayal and loss of trust
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
Your feelings may differ, but are still normal whether you experience them immediately or weeks or months later. Help with recovery
  • Talking to and sharing your feelings about your experience with someone who is supportive, open, and knowledgeable about this issue can help in the recovery process.
How do I seek help?
  • 24 hour sexual assault crisis line – 704.283.7770 – trained staff and volunteers are available to support you.
  • Hospital accompaniment – 24 hour response to Carolinas Heathcare System’s CMC Union and CMC Waxhaw – trained staff and volunteers are available to assist sexual assault survivors and their loved ones at the hospital.
    • SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – specially trained nurses who assist sexual assault survivors at the hospital by providing medical treatment and collect forensic evidence that will assist law enforcement and the district attorney in the investigative process. Evidence collection can also be done without reporting to law enforcement. The evidence is collected and stored until the survivor decides he/she wants to report. The evidence collection must be done within 72 hours of the assault.
  • Professional Counseling – counseling is available to survivors and their loved ones
  • Support Groups – for adults and teens
  • Advocacy – meet with a trained Victim Advocate at Turning Point who can help you through this entire process.
    • Assist with safety planning, legal paperwork, court accompaniment, court education, referrals to community resources, NC Address Confidentiality Program, and crisis intervention
  • How much do sexual assault evidence kits costs at the hospital?
    • They are FREE, regardless of whether or not the survivor presses charges against their assailants.
  • Why should I have a sexual assault evidence kit collected?
    • The kit collects evidence that can be used to prosecute a perpetrator of sexual assault. Even if you don’t want to prosecute now, the kit will be held by the state for up to one year should you decide to report it later.
  • Does the assault have to be reported to law enforcement?
    • No. The State of North Carolina allows survivors to complete an anonymous sexual assault kit at the hospital. In this instance, law enforcement is not informed.
  • What about pregnancy and STI’s?
    • The morning after pill, aka Plan B
      • Can be taken up to 72 hours after the assault has occurred.
      • The pill help prevent fertilization. It DOES NOT cause an abortion if you’re already pregnant.
    • STI & HIV Prophylaxis
      • These drugs are given to help prevent the contraction of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
    • All of these pills may cause nausea and/or vomiting. It is best to take them with food.
  • How can I find out what is going on with my case?
    • Contact a Victim Advocate at Turning Point – 704.283.7770
    • You can also contact the District Attorney’s Office.
  • What is Victim’s Compensation?
    • A State funded program that reimburses victims of crimes for their medical expenses and lost wages that were the result of a crime.
    •  Turning Point’s Victim Advocate can help you complete the application.
  • Will Turning Point be able to accommodate my needs in regards to vision, hearing, physical, or intellectual disabilities?
    • Yes. Please let us know how we can best meet your needs.

For general information, please call 704-226-1352.

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