About Sexual Assault

Every 68 Seconds, an American is Sexually Assaulted.

Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress, even today, only 25 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.

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Laws in Your State

From the legal definition of rape to the statute of limitations, it matters where you live. Here’s a guide to the laws in your state.

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Types of Sexual Violence

There are many types of sexual violence, including rape, child sexual abuse, and intimate partner sexual violence—and other crimes and forms of violence may arise jointly in these instances.

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Effects of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed.

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Understanding Consent

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent also plays an important role in determining if act is legally considered a crime.  

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Statutes of Limitations

When a crime is committed, there is a window of time that a state has to charge the perpetrator. The laws that determine this time frame are called criminal statutes of limitations, and they vary by state, situation, and crime. How does your state stack up?

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