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MYTH: IF A VICTIM DOESN'T SCREAM OR FIGHT, IT'S NOT RAPE.|
FACT: The rapist's primary weapon is fear. Through threats of bodily injury or death, a person is terrorized into cooperation or immobilized by fear. A victim does not have to have bruises, cuts or any other physical injury to prove that they have been raped. Submission is not consent; it is against your will.
SEXUAL ASSAULT IS AN ACT OF VIOELNCE.
This includes any non-consensual or unwanted sexual touching or sexual act.
It is an expression of ANGER, POWER, and AGGRESION. Sexual assault is not about SEX, it is about POWER and CONTROL. Sexual assaults include acquaintance or date rape, martial rape, incest, sexual harassment, child molestation, stranger rape, etc.
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Power and Control Wheel
Temporary Protection Orders
Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault
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What is RAPE?
- Rape occurs any time a sex-related act is FORCED on another person.
- Any sex act imposed on a person who cannot give consent.
- Any USE OF FORCE or THREAT OF FORCE.
- Rape includes attempted and completed acts.
- Rape is VIOLENT SEXUAL ABUSE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON.
If you or someone you know has been assaulted, consider the following actions immediately after an assault or attempted assault:
Try to remember and write down as many facts about the attacker as you can. Do not wash, douche, brush your teeth, or change your clothing before the medical examination. Physical evidence should be collected within 48 hours after the assault. Without this evidence, it is more difficult to press charges. If you want the police to conduct an investigation, they will tape a formal interview, contact witnesses, and process evidence for the prosecution. You have the right to a Sexual Assault advocate during every step of the process.
Contact someone you trust
It is important to find a supportive person and environment as soon as possible. Remember that nobody asks or deserves to be raped. You are NOT TO BLAME: only the assailant is responsible for the assault.
Working Against Violence, Inc (WAVI) has a 24-hr toll free Crisis Line: 888 716-9248 (WAVI). WAVI can provide advocates who will support you, explain your options and accompany you to access services such as police and medical care.
Take care of yourself
Seek medical help if appropriate. Rapid City Regional Health Emergency Services hosts a Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) to meet the needs of survivors of sexual violence. Emergency room treatment for sexual assault is confidential. Ask questions about risk factors for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
Deciding to Report
Reporting is your choice. If you are considering reporting the crime to law enforcement, it is important to have a forensic exam done as soon as possible after the assault. Forensic exams are typically done within 72 hours (3 days) of the assault. The likelihood of collecting physical evidence of the assault decreases the longer you wait. The longer you wait to have a forensic exam done; the Even if it is too late to collect forensic evidence, a medical exam is still advisable. You do not have to decide whether to report the crime to law enforcement for prosecution immediately, although in the state of South Dakota, the costs incurred from rape kits will not be covered by the state if you choose not to press charges.
*WAVI provides several types of services to assist men and women victims of sexual assault. Comprehensive case management support services include:
- Emergency Shelter – WAVI provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in a safe facility with trained staff and volunteers.
- 24-hour crisis line - Trained advocates are available to provide emotional support, information, and encouragement.
- Emergency Room response – WAVI volunteers and staff respond 24 hours a day to the emergency room for support of victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
- Case Management – WAVI Case Managers assess client's needs and assist with the personalization a safety plan and an action plan.
- Legal and court advocacy - WAVI provides assistance with filing temporary protection orders, stalking orders, as well as accompaniment to court proceedings and interviews with law enforcement.
- Community Education – WAVI presents education & prevention programs to community agencies, civic organizations & area schools.