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What is Sexual Violence?

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.

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  • 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

United States

  • 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


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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

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

Helpful Links

Additional Resource Facilties

The Women’s Community

3200 Hilltop Ave
Wausau, WI 54401

Phone: (715) 842-7323
Toll Free: (888) 665-1234

The Community Center, Inc.

500 25th Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Phone: (715) 421-1511

Stepping Stones, Inc.

327 E Broadway Ave
Medford, WI 54451

Phone: (715) 748-5140
Website: sstones.org

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

307 South Paterson Street, Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: (608) 255-0539

Wiscosin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

2801 West Beltine Hwy, Suite 202
Madison, WI 53713

Phone: (608) 257-1516
Website: wcasa.org

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

Phone: (800) 656-4673
Website: rainn.org

Our Services

Marshfield Office

505 East Depot St.
Marshfield, WI 54449

Phone: (715) 384-2971
24 hr. Crisis Line: (715) 384-2971
Fax: (715) 384-7826

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment