About Sexual Assault

Every 109 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.

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Law 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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DNA and Sexual Violence

When law enforcement investigates a case of sexual violence, DNA evidence can sometimes make or break the outcome. 

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