Sexual assault can happen to anyone. It impacts women, men, and children. You are not alone. One in six American women, and one in thirty-three American men, are victim/survivors of sexual assault. Similarly, college-aged women are four times more likely to be the victim/survivor of sexual assault and sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes; more than half are not reported (RAINN: Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).
Most often, the assailant and the victim/survivor know one another. There is a common cultural idea that sexual assault cannot happen to men, and that they are always the ones responsible for the assault. It is estimated that each year, 834,000 men are sexually assaulted by their partners (Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998).
Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, class status, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or physical appearance. Sexual assault is never the victim/survivor’s fault. It is often easier to blame ourselves for our experiences of violence than it is to believe that we live in a world where someone would choose to harm us.