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About Sexual Assault and Abuse

  • About Sexual Assault and Abuse

    Sexual assault and sexual abuse impact thousands of Michigan citizens every year. You are not alone and there is help.  For many survivors reading information and getting your questions answered is a helpful part of recovery. The most important thing to know is that if you have been sexually assaulted or abused, it is not your fault.  The only person responsible for the assault is the perpetrator.

    Sexual assault and abuse can happen to anyone. Depending upon your life circumstances, how you identify yourself, the culture you grew up in, and the communities you are a part of, sexual assault may impact you differently.  It may affect how you feel about reaching out for help and your access to services that are right for you.  You have the right to say what you need and be treated with dignity and respect.  There is help to support you in your healing.


Defining Sexual Assault

  • Defining

    Sexual assault, sexual abuse, molestation, rape, and incest are commonly used terms to describe different forms of assault. learm more about sexual assault and frequently asked questions.


Child Sexual Abuse and Warning Signs

  • Child Sexual Abuse

    Children are the most vulnerable members of society. They are also less likely to report abuse, because of fear, or confusion. Click the link below to learn more about the effects of sexual abuse on children.

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Elder Sexual Abuse and Warning Signs

  • Elder Sexual Assault and Abuse

    Elder abuse is a major problem facing nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We learn more each day about the impact that sexual abuse can have on our elders.

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Sexual Assault and Disability

  • Sexual Assault and Disability

    Adults and children with disabilities are assaulted at much higher rates than the general population. Disability can include a wide range of limitations such as hearing, sight, physical, cognitive, or developmental limitations. Some perpetrators will take advantage of people with disabilities.

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Sexual Assault Perpetrators

  • Sexual Assault Perpetrators

    Anyone can be a sexual assault perpetrator. Most perpetrators are known by the victim, but they can also be strangers. They use emotional pressure, grooming behavior, coercion and/or physical force to commit an assault.

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Common Reactions

  • Common Reactions

    Adults and children who have been sexually abused or assaulted react to trauma in many different ways. Any reaction you have is normal.

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  • Healing

    Healing is possible. Victims of sexual assault and abuse heal in their own individual ways. Learn more about the healing process, therapy, alternative methods of healing and options for help.

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Talking with Others, Confidentiality, and Privacy

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Additional Resources

  • Additional Resources

    More in depth information and resources are available from national organizations on the issues of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence and stalking.

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Sexual Assault Hotline

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