The goal of the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape. It doesn’t always take physical force to sexually assault a victim. Attackers can use threats or intimidation to make a victim feel afraid or unable to refuse them. It is also sexual assault if the victim is drunk, drugged, unconscious, or too young (ages of consent differ from state to state) or mentally disabled to be legally able to agree to sexual contact.
Sexual assault or sexual violence is a significant problem in the United States. Anyone can experience sexual assault, but most victims are female. The person responsible for the violence is typically male and usually someone known to the victim. The person can be, but is not limited to, a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available at the Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation, Inc. Call us for an appointment @ 504-393-5750.