Sexual Assault

Learn About Sexual Assault

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in the home by someone you know.

Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to. For the legal definition of sexual offenses please click here.

Estimates indicate one in four women may experience sexual violence and up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced.

Sexual violence has a profound impact on physical and mental health. As well as causing physical injury, it is associated with an increased risk of a range of sexual and reproductive health problems, with both immediate and long-term consequences. Its impact on mental health can be severe and long lasting. Sexual violence can also profoundly affect the social well being of victims; individuals may be stigmatized and ostracized by their families and others as a consequence.

Community Works Sexual Assault Victim Services provides services to women, men and children who are or have been victims of sexual assault and secondary victims. Services and support are available and are confidential. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. To access Victim Services Programs call HelpLine (541) 779-4357 or 1-855-216-2111. We are here to help 24 hours a day every day of the year.

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