Here are some of the things you should know about rape and how to help someone who has been sexually assaulted.1.
What is rape?
Rape is the forcible, unwanted sexual penetration or sexual assault of someone by another person.
People who are sexually assaulted are at higher risk of becoming pregnant or becoming the victim of rape.2.
How does rape happen?
A victim may experience the same or a different kind of trauma than the person they are attacking.3.
How can I help someone with a rape problem?
If you are concerned about someone’s sexual safety, you can:1.
This is your first line of defense.
911 is a form of emergency service.2,3.
Get an emergency response team to come to your home or office.
A group of people can get a rape kit if you have one.4.
Call your local police department.
This could help them to identify who might be responsible for sexual violence against a victim.5.
Get help from a rape survivor resource center, such as Rape Crisis of Texas, which can offer support and resources.6.
Call a support group or an attorney for help.
You can talk with other rape survivors or with an experienced counselor to find a local crisis center.7.
Seek professional help from an attorney or social worker who can help you.
This can help in cases of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.8.
Contact a criminal justice agency to learn more about the laws that apply in your state.
These laws are usually written in a way that make it difficult for victims to report or bring charges.
For example, it is illegal for a rapist to force himself on a victim with a knife or gun.9.
Find out if your state has laws that protect you from domestic violence or sexual violence.10.
Contact your local criminal justice department.
You might be able to use a hotline or a law enforcement agency to get help from the police or prosecutors.11.
If you need to report a sexual assault, call the police.
You have the right to know what happened, who is responsible for it, and what you can do to protect yourself and others.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault:If you have been a victim, call 911 or go to a victim services center to report the crime.
You may have a right to have someone else present when you report the sexual assault and you may have the ability to sue for damages if you were harmed in the act of committing the crime or witnessing the crime, but it is very rare that the police will investigate the case.
If the perpetrator is a family member or a close friend, contact the family member to get information about the victim.
You or a family members may be able help the victim get an abortion or other legal services.