What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is an act that stems from aggression, rage entitlement and the determination to exercise power and sexual control over someone else. Sexual Assault happens to anyone, regardless of age, race, class, sexual orientation, or gender.
Knowing the Facts about Sexual Assault in Comal County:
Everyone should have the right to live free of Sexual Violence, fear, dominance, and inequality. As a community, we must fight to erase and avoid the shame and silence of those who have experienced sexual assault. In 2015 the Crisis Center assisted 143 Victims of sexual assault, 28 of which were children. The Crisis Center of Comal County assisted sexual assault victims in 2015 by providing 4,124 Nights of shelter to victims of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence.
How Can I Help?
It can be challenging to know how or what to do to help a friend or family member who has been sexually assaulted. Here are some tips on what to do when helping a victim of sexual assault:
- DO allow him/her to tell you as much or as little as he/she needs to
- DO be sensitive.
- DO remind them it is not their fault
- DO honor the victim’s autonomy
- DO try to understand
- DO offer resources that may be able to help
The Crisis Center of Comal County empowers survivors and victims by providing:
- 24/7 Crisis Hot-Line
- Legal Advocacy
- 24/7 Victim Advocacy
- Community and Professional Education
- 24 Hour Emergency Shelter
- Case Management