What is Sexual Violence?
violence includes sexual actions and words that coerce, manipulate, or are
forced upon someone with the intent to intimidate, humiliate, or control. Most often these acts are perpetrated by
someone the victim already knows such as a friend, relative, or intimate
partner. Sexual violence can happen to
anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic
status, or ability.
offenders use many methods to intimidate the victim. They might use trickery, manipulation,
coercion, bribery, blackmail, or threats.
Offenders often take advantage of people they perceive as vulnerable or
Effects of Sexual Violence
United States, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or
completed rape in their lifetime. Many
other people have survived other types of sexual violence, as well. The experience of sexual violence has
different meanings for each person. No
one knows precisely how an individual will react. There is no “right” way to act after experiencing
sexual violence. After the violence,
some victims are very emotional and some are numb initially. However, sexual assault advocates have found
that many people experience sexual violence as a severe emotional and physical
violation. The effects of that violation
can be seen in victims directly after or many days later. Trauma can produce pronounced feelings of
helplessness and powerlessness, as well as physical symptoms such as breathing
problems, vomiting, nightmares, and the inability to remember events.
Sexual Violence in Kansas
- In Kansas,
approximately 245,000 woman and 40,000 men will be raped in their lifetime and
many more Kansans will experience other forms of sexual violence such as human
trafficking, sexual harassment, child molestation, and other forms of sexual
- In Kansas,
one rape is reported to law enforcement every seven hours.
- In 78
percent of law enforcement reported cases of rape in Kansas, the rapists know
violence happens in every community in Kansas
If You Are a Victim of Sexual
immediate safety is important. Go to a safe place such as a friend or family
support. Local sexual assault programs
can provide free and confidential support and advocacy for you and your friends
- Protect your
health. You may have a range of health
concerns as a result of the sexual violence.
It is best to seek medical care as soon as possible.
the violence is your choice. Depending
on the type of sexual violence you’ve experienced, you may consider reporting
to law enforcement, an employer, a school official, or other person. Many factors may weigh into your decision to
report or not to report the violence.
There is no right way to handle the effects of sexual violence. If you decide to report the violence to
someone, it is important to explore the potential effects of the report on your
work, school career, and all areas of your life. A local sexual assault program advocate will
be able to more fully help you understand the process in your area and to
support you through it. If you decide
not to report to anyone, you are still fully entitled to advocacy services and
When Someone You Know Is a Victim of
Listen and Believe
judgment, believe what the victim tells you, and acknowledge feelings. Confusion, anger, sadness, guilt, numbness,
helplessness, hopelessness, and self-blame are all normal reactions to trauma.
Offer Your Support
victim know you are there for support now and in the future.
Make a Referral
1-888-END-ABUSE (1-888-363-2287) and the sexual assault program in your area. See statewide map of providers here.
when you hear someone blaming the victim for the violence. Victim blaming can take many forms, most often
referencing the victim’s clothing or behavior.
Remind others that the responsibility for the violence lies with the
perpetrator and nobody deserves to be sexually violated.
Advocacy Support Services
touch with an advocacy program can provide a victim of sexual violence with the
support and assistance they need in the healing process. These programs offer services 24 hours per
day, seven days a week. Their services
include crisis hotlines, safety planning, information and referrals, criminal
justice advocacy, civil court advocacy, hospital advocacy, personal advocacy,
assistance with transportation, assistance with crime victim’s compensation,
assistance with protection orders, and more.
All of these
services are free and confidential. Any information shared with an advocacy
program is private and cannot be shared with anyone outside the organization,
- The program
is required to disclose the information by law.
- The victim
signs an informed, written, time-limited release permitting them to disclose
For support, contact the following:
and domestic violence program nearest you can be found here.
Kansas Crisis Hotline
This information was obtained from the Kansas Coalition
Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) brochure titled Sexual Violence.