In giving language to my experience, I hope I can make rape less ‘unspeakable.’ I hope to dispel at least some part of the fear and shame that has made victims mute.
— Nancy Raine
What is Sexual Violence?
According to Arizona Law, sexual assault occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly engages in sexual intercourse or sexual contact with any person without consent of such person (AZ Revised Statutes Definitions)
- 1 in 5 women & 1 in 17 men have been raped in their lifetime. (CDC, 2010)(https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf, page 18)
- 60% of rapes & sexual assaults are unreported (RAINN, 2014)
- Every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted (U.S. DOJ)
- 80% of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 30 (U.S. DOJ)
Sexual Violence Includes:
- Oral Contact
- Genital/Anal Contact
- Forced Penetration
- It can be committed by a family member, family friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or anyone else.
In Arizona, you CANNOT consent to sexual contact if you:
- Are impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Are asleep or have any other similar impairment of cognition
- Have a mental disorder
- Are intentionally deceived as to the nature of the act
- Are under 18 years old