What is Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence?
Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or sexual attention committed by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence. It includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, incest and sexual harassment. Sexual assault is a terrifying and often brutal crime: assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends or family members. A rape occurs every six minutes in the U.S., according to FBI research. Rape is a crime of violence, anger and power. It is not motivated by sexual desire. Rapists use sexual violence as a weapon to control, humiliate and hurt their victims.
What do I do next ?
Wesley Shelter is dedicated to providing the answers and support you need. We can help you navigate through the judicial system and begin the healing process. Call our main crisis line at 252-291-2344 and speak to a victim advocate. All calls are confidential.
Sexual Assault & Rape Crisis
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse where one partner in an intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence. Abuse comes in many forms:
• Physical: Kicking, punching, shoving, slapping, pushing, and any other acts that hurt your body.
• Sexual: Calling you vulgar names, criticizing your body parts or sensuality, forced or pressured sexual acts, including rape.
•Emotional: Assaults against your self-esteem.
•Verbal: Name-calling, threats, put-downs.
•Psychological: Causing you to feel as if you are “going crazy”.
•Spiritual: Attacking your spiritual or religious beliefs.
•Financial: Controlling and manipulating you by threatening your economic status and basic needs.
•Homophobic: Threatening to “out” you to people who do not know your sexual orientation.
•Immigration: Using your immigration status and fear of deportation to control you.
•Destructive Acts: Actual or threatened assault of your property or pets to scare you.
What do I do next ?
Wesley Shelter is dedicated to providing the answers and support you need. Call our main crisis line at 252-291-2344 for anonymous help or advice.
For a national list of safe places near you and additional information on how to be safe, get help and be smart, please visit www.nccadv.org.