What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:


Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in the home by someone you know.

Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations ó on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone. Educate yourself on ďdate rapeĒ drugs. They can be slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended ó no matter where you are. Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and can cause memory loss so the victim doesnít know what happened.

What do I do if Iíve been sexually assaulted?

Take steps right away if youíve been sexually assaulted.

Where else can I go for help?

If you are sexually assaulted, it is not your fault. Donít be afraid to ask for help or support. Help is available. You can call these organizations:

There are many organizations and hotlines in every state and territory. These crisis centers and agencies work hard to stop assaults and help victims. You can find contact information for these organizations at http://www.womenshealth.gov/violence/state/. You also can obtain the numbers of shelters, counseling services, and legal assistance in your phone book.

How can I protect myself from being sexually assaulted?

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

How can I help someone who has been sexually assaulted?

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.



Howard A. Gutman has been handling personal injury claims and other types of litigation for over 15 years.   Prior to establishing his practice, Mr. Gutman was employed by one of the leading law firms in New Jersey and a prominent international law firm located in the Wall Street area.  He has appeared on Good Day New Jersey been interviewed by NBC Nightly News and Newsday, and his cases have been profiled in the Star Ledger, Bureau of National Affairs Magazine, and New York Times.


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