What is Sexual Assault?
Rape Crisis Intervention's definition of sexual assault is any act committed against a person's will by force, coercion, or trickery that is of a sexual nature. Sexual assault is an invasion of a person's body and mind. It includes not only rape, but also other criminal acts such as spousal rape, attempted rape, incest, child sexual assault, sexual harassment and indecent exposure. It can happen anywhere, anytime. Anyone, child or adult, male or female can be victimized. Sexual assault is a crime, used by one person to control, dominate and humiliate another. The offender, not the survivor, is always at fault. The effects of sexual assault are traumatic—a victim's immediate responses can be fear, guilt, shame and shock. Some effects such as drug or alcohol abuse, relationship problems, sexual dysfunction and/or extreme depression may last for years.
How Can Rape Crisis Help?
Rape Crisis provides a variety of services to sexual assault survivors and their family members and friends within Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. We can help in an emergency through our 24 hour crisis line, staffed by trained Volunteer Advocates. We offer ongoing support, assistance, counseling, groups and referral to other services. Our services are confidential, except when we are working in a school we are required by law to report to Children Services Division.
How can the Rape Crisis Line be Reached?
Call 342-RAPE (7273). Collect calls are welcome. Our answering service will connect you with a trained crisis counselor. Anyone who needs help, support or information can call, whether a recent or past sexual assault survivor, or a concerned friend or relative. Another way you can reach us is through the National Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).