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What is sexual assault?

What is sexual assault — and how does KCSARC help?

Sexual violence takes many forms, and includes behaviors and comments that are designed to make another person uncomfortable. The victim is usually someone with less power in a given situation. An example is a manager who comments on an employee’s body or makes requests for sexual favors.

Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence. It is any sexual contact or behavior that occurs without express consent. That includes rape, child sexual abuse, groping, and other behaviors.

Can sex ed prevent violence?

Sexual violence exists on a continuum that includes a range of behaviors: from sexist or raunchy jokes, to homophobic slurs, to physical sexual assault. 

The range of offensive and traumatizing behavior is wide, but it is all connected -- even supported  -- by ingrained cultural misunderstandings of gender, power, privilege, respect, personal boundaries, consent and other concepts that form the basis for building healthy relationships.

Survivors deserve better than MeToo Kits

This week, the state of Michigan banned the sale of so-called "MeToo Kits." 

Advocates have raised concerns about the commercial sale of "MeToo Kits," a product that is being marketed to sexual assault survivors and institutions such as colleges. The entity marketing this product suggests evidence collection following sexual assault can effectively be done at home.

Pyatt Promise Powers Prevention

KCSARC’s prevention educators often speak about the holistic work we do to end sexual violence in metaphoric terms, likening our response to sexual assault to saving people from drowning in a river. We pull individuals — survivors  — from the river, help them heal and hold offenders accountable with direct services, such as therapy and legal advocacy.

But what if we could stop people from falling in the river to begin with?

WordWatching the Criminal Justice System

The words we use to talk about sexual violence influence the way we perceive and respond to survivors. Using unaccountable language perpetuates a culture in which victims are devalued, sexual violence is tolerated, and perpetrators are not held accountable.

Statute of Limitations

UPDATE: Washington State's new law went into effect July 28, 2019. 

Takeaways from Neverland, R. Kelly

It’s been difficult lately to avoid the documentary promos and media reports that detail allegations of sexual abuse of children and young teens, including by wealthy, powerful celebrities like Michael Jackson and R. Kelly. Netflix has piled on with Abducted in Plain Sight, a series focusing on an Idaho family carefully groomed to deny signs of abuse of their child.

BE LOUD Table Captains Raise Funds and Awareness

The 2019 BE LOUD Breakfast is a few weeks away, but some of the participating teams have already begun reaching out to friends, family, and colleagues to help make their contribution to the Breakfast the strongest it can be.

One of these teams, led by three-time table captain Rebecca Drew, is proving fundraising for a cause they believe in can be fun -- and can really make an impact.

Rebecca said she signed up to lead a table at the BE LOUD Breakfast so that others can receive services that she herself was able to access following a sexual assault years ago.

More holiday strategies

“I still don’t know why someone would wait so many years to report a sexual assault.”

“I’d have given him a knuckle sandwich. Hey, pass the cranberry sauce?”

Welcome to the second post-MeToo holidays.

The next few weeks can be a rough time of year for many. For survivors of sexual assault and abuse, family visits can be particularly stressful, and maybe even unsafe.

Tiempo de Volar

(English)

Recuperarse del trauma del abuso sexual infantil es difícil en cualquier circunstancia, no importan quiénes, o de dónde seamos, pero puede parecer imposible para muchas mujeres inmigrantes.

Las barreras idiomáticas, el complicado sistema de justicia y el temor a que pedir ayuda pueda poner en peligro su seguridad y la de su familia son sólo algunas de las razones que hacen que muchas sobrevivientes de abuso sexual carguen solas con el peso de su historia.

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