NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE:
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE:
1-800-799-7233 OR 1-800-787-3224 (TTY FOR HEARING IMPAIRED)
KNOW THE SIGNS
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:
- Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
- Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
- Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people.
- Extreme jealousy.
- Showing fear around a partner.
- Isolation from family and friends.
- Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
- Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.
Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:
- Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation
- Oral sex
- Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
- Fondling or unwanted sexual touching above and under clothing
- Force which may include but is not limited to:
- Use or display of a weapon
- Physical battering
- Immobilization of the victim
KNOW THE FACTS
The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes (1).
- 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year (2).
- 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape (1).
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives (1).
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18 (3).
Sources: (1) The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010) ; (2) Liz Claiborne Inc. & Family Violence Prevention Fund (2009); (3) U.S. Centers for Disease Control (2005).