Victim Assistance - Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape & Sexual Assault

Rape is forced sexual intercourse. It is a crime of violence.

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act committed against a person's will.

Rape and Sexual Assault are:

  • Forced sexual contact by dates, spouses, family members, acquaintances, or strangers.
  • Acts motivated by assailant's need for power or control, NOT a desire for sex.
  • Traumatic events with long-lasting effects.

Rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.

FACTS ABOUT RAPE AND ASSAULT

  • One in eight women in the U.S. are victims of rape.
  • FBI statistics reveal that one in three women will be assaulted during their lifetime.
  • According to Rape in America (1992), 78% of reported rapes are committed by someone the victim knows.

What Can You Do To Reduce Your Risk

  • Be informed.
  • Trust your instincts. If things get out of hand, protest!
  • Set and communicate your limits. Make it clear you are not interested in sexual activity.
  • Be forceful and firm. Do not worry about being polite- being safe is more important.
  • Be cautious when dating. Group dating is smart until you know someone well.
  • Be prepared. Always have money with you for phone calls. Have your keys in your hand when going to and from your car.
  • Be careful when you are invited to a home or to another secluded place.

If You Have Been Assaulted

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Call a friend, family member, or someone you trust and ask them to stay with you.
  • Preserve the evidence. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not shower, bathe, or douche prior to seeking medical attention.
  • Seek medical attention. Go to a hospital emergency room even if you do not have physical injuries. You should have a medical examination and discuss with your health care provider the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy resulting from sexual assault. If you suspect you might have been given a rape drug, ask the hospital to take a urine sample.
  • Write down as much as you can remember about the assault.
  • Take advantage of any counseling services available to you.

Common Reaction To Sexual Assault

  • Feelings of being numb, dazed, disbelief, shock, and the inability to cry are common.
  • Wanting to forget the assault and avoidance of the people/situation that remind you of it.
  • Anger often directed at one self, at the assailant, at close friends for not understanding.
  • Feelings of guilt or shame for not having done enough to stop the assault.
  • Preoccupation with thoughts about the assault.
  • Feelings of powerlessness, betrayal, and fear.
  • Confusion with trying to make simple decisions.
  • Having flashbacks and nightmares.
  • Feeling tired and less energetic than usual.
  • Fear of being assaulted again.

Resources

Rape Crisis Hotline (24/7)            356-2511

Orem Victim Assistance               229-7128

Women and Children in Crisis     377-5500

UVRMC Counseling Services      357-7525

 

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The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population passes 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem becoming the fifth-largest city in Utah according to the 2010 US Census.