Sexual violence is when someone forces or manipulates an individual into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Sexual violence is about using sexual acts to control, humiliate, and harm another person; it can be any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person’s trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. Sexual desire does NOT cause someone to want to force sex upon another person. It’s an act of violence and power, not sex. When a victim is being assaulted, s/he has no control.
Rape: includes assault by your spouse, partner, date, or acquaintance
Unwanted sexual contact/touching
Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
Sexual assault against a child
Voyeurism: Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission
Human Trafficking Indicators
Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
Has a child stopped attending school?
Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.
Average age of a victim is 15-17, next is 13-14
Age of an offender is 15-17, next is 30-39
About 58.5% of assaults take place in either the victim or offenders home
About 93% of all sexual assaults are done by someone known to the victim
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have been the victim of sexual assault
State wide sex offenses is 87.95%
Wood Co. exceeds the state average with a rate of 97.66
Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted and every 9 minutes, that victim is a child
By age 18, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys will experience some form of sexual violence
At some point in their lives 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced attempted or completed rape
85-95% of adults know their attacker
About 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home
Rape is the least reported and convicted violent crime
Sexual assault victims are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from PTSD, 13 more times to abuse alcohol, 26 more times to abuse drugs, and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide
The SANE Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. The SANEs deliver coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence.
Overview of Services
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specially trained and certified professionals skilled in performing quality forensic medical-legal exams. Should a case go to trial, the SANEs are then available to testify.
SANEs will document the account of the assault, perform necessary medical exams, testing and treatment, then collect crucial, time sensitive evidence.
SANEs provide medical care to survivors without interruption, therefore maintaining the chain of evidence from the exam.
SANEs provide preventative treatment for HIV, STDs, and pregnancy.
SANEs are available by beeper and respond to the site ready to care for the victim of sexual assault.
A forensic exam performed by a SANE can take around to 4 hours.