Sexual assault is any type of forced or coerced sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Sexual assault includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment or threats. In the United States, nearly one in five women has been raped and almost half of women have experienced another type of sexual assault.1 If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault.
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This fact sheet was reviewed by:
Kathleen C. Basile, Ph.D., Lead Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Karen M. Galbraith, L.S.W., Training Projects Specialist, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Joyce Lukima, M.S., M.S.W., Vice President of Services, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Content last reviewed: May 21, 2015.