Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 16?
This terrifying statistic is the reality for so many. Think about it - in your classroom of say 30 students of both males and females there will most likely be 5-10 students who have or are still experiencing some form of sexual assault.
The impact of sexual violence upon survivors can be considerable, no matter when it occurred, and may include experiences of anxiety, depression, ‘flash-backs’ and panic attacks, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and a myriad of other health and social issues.
The main thing to remember is that sexual assault is not your fault!
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act. This includes a range of unwanted or forced sexual behaviour including rape.
Perpetrators of sexual assault use power, force and manipulation to attempt to control the body, senses and emotions of their victims.
Sexual assault can be a crime.
It is an act of violence. It is not about love and affection. Sexual assault and/or rape include when someone:
forces you to participate in making, or watching pornography;
forces, manipulates or coerces you into having sexual intercourse participating in other sexual acts against your will; or
imposes unwanted sexual attention on you that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared.
Where can you go to for help?
There are many services available to help and support you. Please click here for information.