Violence Against Women Prevention Program

Sexual assault can be defined as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity.

FORMS

  • Forced sexual intercourse (rape)
  • Sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts)
  • Child molestation
  • Incest
  • Fondling
  • Attempted rape
  • Exposure and/or flashing of sexual body parts
  • Forced viewing of sexually explicit material or being photographed for sexually explicit pictures
  • Forced masturbation
  • Forced or unwanted sexual intercourse or penetration

Sexual assault also includes psychological coercion and taking advantage of an individual who is incapacitated or constrained.

THE NUMBERS

Sexual Assault Victims on Guam (as of January – August 2009)

  • 57 females were forcibly raped.
  • 86 females were victims of attempted rape.

Source: Guam Police Department. (2010). [Sexual Assault Victims Statistics]. Unpublished raw data.

Criminal Sexual Conduct Statistics on Guam

  • 85 cases of criminal sexual conduct were filed by the Prosecution Division

Source: The Office of Attorney General of Guam. (2008). 2008 annual report. Retrieved July 2, 2010, from http://www.guamag.org/annual_report/ar_2008.pdf

U.S. Statistics on Sexual Assault

  • 78% of the victims of rape and sexual assault were women and 22% were men.
  • In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knows the perpetrator.
  • 100% of rapes, 92% of physical assaults, and 97% of stalking acts were perpetrated by men.

Source: Tjaden, P. & Thoennes, N. (2000). Full report of the prevalence, incidence, and consequences of intimate partner violence against women: findings from the national violence against women survey. Retrieved July 2, 2010, from http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/183781.htm U.S. College Statistics

  • 13% of college women report they were forced to have sex by a dating partner.
  • 70% of teenage and college women who are sexually assaulted are raped during a date.
  • 60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occur in casual or steady dating relationships.

Source: University of Texas at Austin. (2006). Basic statistics on domestic violence and sexual assault.

TAKE ACTION NOW

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call 911. Notify the police—even if you are unsure about filing charges.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Don’t clean up, shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair, wash your hands, or throw away any clothing.
  • Inquire about tests for possible HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy.
  • Call a close friend, a relative, or another trusted person who can be with you during the interview with the police or medical examiner.
  • Seek professional counseling or support from our Violence Against Women Prevention Program or Isa Psychological Services Center.
  • Consider your legal rights and know what services are available to you.

WAYS TO HELP A VICTIM/SURVIVOR

  • Encourage the victim to seek medical attention in a timely manner.
  • Encourage the victim/survivor to talk about the assault(s) with an advocate, a mental health professional, or someone they trust.
  • Encourage the victim to report the incident to campus security or law enforcement.
  • Listen without judging.
  • Let them know the assault(s) was not their fault.
  • Let them know they did what was necessary to prevent further harm.
  • Reassure the victim/survivor that he or she is cared for and loved.
  • Let them know that they do not have to manage this crisis alone.
  • Important information to ask:
    • Are you hurt?
    • Do you need a doctor?
    • Do you want me to call for medical services?
    • Would you like to report the assault to the proper authorities?
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