Sexual Assault: Definition According to Findlaw.com Specific laws vary by state, but sexual assault generally refers to any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive.

Consequences of Rape

Numerous studies have revealed that 70% victim of rape reported no physical injuries as a result of their assault; 4% require hospitalization. At least 49% of victims stated that they feared severe injuries or death during their attack. Fatal cases occur in approximately 0.1% of rape cases.

•  Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a concern for many victims. Commonly transmitted diseases are gonorrhea, chlamydia trichomoniasis, genital warts, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

•  The transmission rate of these diseases is estimated to be between 3.6% and 30% of rapes.

•  According to various studies of victims of rape, 5% of adult female rape become pregnant.

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Rape trauma syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are mental disorder associated by someone who has undergone the traumatic
experience. Approximately 31% of rape victims develop PTSD.

The symptoms of PTSD include:

• recurrent memories or flashbacks of the incident
• nightmares
• insomnia
• mood swings
• difficulty concentrating
• panic attacks
• emotional numbness
• depression
• anxiety

Learn more and how to protect your child. Check out session 11 "Profile of a Rapist" in the Let's Talk About Boyz Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Series for Girls at www.etiforyou.com.

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