Was I Sexually Assaulted?

Grasping that you have been sexually assaulted can trigger a slew of emotions: guilt, fear, shame, and confusion are all common feelings following a traumatic sexual assault.

Regardless of how you feel, there is one thing you can be sure of: it wasn’t your fault.

Whether drugs, alcohol or a party was involved — sexual assault is a criminal act, and no one should ever have to suffer from it.

How Do I Know If I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted?

Under California law, consensual sexual activity requires “positive cooperation” by partners. A person who is intoxicated due to alcohol or drugs cannot legally consent to sexual contact, nor can someone who is developmentally disabled.

How do you know if it was sexual assault? If you’re not sure, consider the following points.

It was sexual assault if:

  • You did not give consent
  • You were intoxicated from alcohol or drugs and unable to give consent
  • Your attacker used rohypnol (“rufies”) or any other drug to lower your inhibitions
  • Any type of unwanted sexual advances or touching occurred

You may be surprised to learn that 7 out of 10 rapes are committed by someone known to the victim (RAINN). It’s more common for the victim to be assaulted by a person they trust than by a complete stranger.

It can still be sexual assault if you:

  • Knew your attacker
  • Are related to your attacker
  • Have previously consented to sexual acts with your attacker
  • Are in a relationship with your attacker

What To Do If You’ve Been Assaulted

If you’re having trouble sorting through your feelings and aren’t sure if you’ve been assaulted, call the Center for Community Solutions at 1 (888) 385-4657. A compassionate staff is available 24 hours a day to help you process and determine what steps to take next. Your call is confidential.

Justice for Sexual Assault Victims

Regardless of whether your attacker is ever charged with a crime, Jessica Pride can help you get justice through the civil court system.  Whether it’s the individual attacker, the institution that employed him or any other entity that bears responsibility, Jessica will fight to get you the justice you deserve.

Learn more about sexual assault and how Jessica has helped empower more than 150 women after sexual assault in the video below.

Confidentially Speak With Jessica Today

To find out how Jessica can help you find your voice again, contact us at (619) 995-6829. Even if you just need someone to confide in, every conversation with Jessica is protected by an attorney/client privilege that ensures anything and everything discussed remains between you and Jessica.