Who Can Be a Victim?
Sexual violence does not discriminate.
While understanding that many men are neither victim nor perpetrator of sexual violence is important, the Sexual Assault Crisis Team works to underscore the crucial need to correct the societal misunderstanding that males aren’t victims and can’t be victims of sexual violence.
Military Victims of Sexual Abuse
The Sexual Assault Crisis Team works closely with victims of sexual violence in the military. Of a group of male and female soldiers returning from Afghanistan that were seen for VA healthcare service, 1% told their healthcare provider that they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. As part of our effort to promote non-discrimination in providing support for victims of sexual violence, we offer resources to military victims. If you, a family member, or a friend has questions regarding sexual violence or military services, feel free to contact our 24/7 hotline. All information you disclose on the hotline, as well as your personal information (such as your phone number) that you give, is completely confidential and will never be shared with anyone without your permission.
Sexual violence reflects diversity in gender identities and sexual orientations. Because of the widespread belief that rape is defined as vaginal penetration by a penis, non-heterosexual rape is often left unacknowledged or not taken seriously. The Sexual Assault Crisis Team does not discriminate.
Child Sexual Abuse
SACT believes in safety for children and is required to seek help in cases where child abuse or neglect is suspected to have occurred or be occurring.
Touching/Contact sexual abuse includes:
• Touching a child’s genitals or breasts for sexual pleasure
• Encouraging or forcing a child to touch another’s genitals
• Oral contact with genitals
• Vaginal or anal penetration with a part of the body (e.g. finger, penis) or with an object
• Frottage (rubbing against someone for the purpose of sexual stimulation)
Sexual abuse of a child may occur through behaviors that do not involve actual physical contact.
Non-Touching/Non-Contact sexual abuse includes:
• Invitation to touch another in a sexual way
• Voyeurism (watching a child bathe, dress, or toilet) for sexual gratification
• Encouraging or forcing a child to masturbate or to watch others masturbate
• Indecent exposure (“flashing”) or showing genital areas
• Involving children in the viewing or production of pornographic materials
• Encouraging or forcing children to watch sexual activities
• Encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways
• Verbal or emotional abuse of a sexual nature (e.g. calling a child a “slut”)
• Child trafficking
• Luring a child