Sexual assault can happen at any time to any person from the very young to the very old. The National Center for Victims of Crime defines sexual assault to include forced sexual intercourse, attacks such as rape or attempted rape, sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), any unwanted sexual contact or threat, touching any part of another person's body in a sexual way (even through clothes), child molestation, and incest. This entry discusses the impact of sexual assault on victims, what makes a person vulnerable, and treatment options.

The Impact of Sexual Assault on Self-Perception

An insidious feature of sexual assault is the feelings of self-blame and shame that are frequently inherent in the experience of the survivor. Regardless of the situation, whether victims could perceive ...

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