We've heard quite a bit about sexual assault, but what is it?  Simply said, sexual assault is any kind of sexual activity that you do not agree to or want.  Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.

Today we continue our interview with sexual assault victim Kerry Barrett. In this program, Kerry recalls her experience with law enforcement after she was assaulted.  Listen here...

Friends and family of victims often ask, "What can I do?"  You can help someone who is abused or who has been assaulted by listening and offering comfort. Go with her or him to the police, the hospital, or to counseling. Reinforce the message that she or he is not at fault and that it is natural to feel angry and ashamed.

Here are some other ideas...Believe her or him.
Offer support, patience, and compassion to help the victim work through the crisis, heal, and emerge a survivor.
Take A Stand
Ask a Neighborhood Watch group, school, employer, church, library, or civic group to organize a workshop on preventing rape. Make sure it addresses concerns of both men and women.
Volunteer at a rape crisis center.

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