Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is any forced or non-consensual sexual activity.

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Sexual Assault is any forced or non-consensual sexual activity.

All acts of sexual assault – no matter how violent, no matter the perpetrator – are devastating. Sexual assault makes people feel alone. Community Safety Network allays such isolation by offering a net of resources and support. We are here to listen, 24 hours a day, just a call away: 307-733-SAFE (7233).

 

The Aftermath

People who have been sexually assaulted should take these steps:

  • Go to a safe location, and call a friend or the Community Safety Network at 307-733-SAFE (7233) to discuss options.
  • Seek medical attention. A CSN advocate can accompany a victim/survivor during a hospital visit. As an adult, medical care does not require filing a police report. The state of Wyoming will pay for the cost of the hospital sexual assault examination.
  • Do not shower, bathe or douche: the only way to collect evidence of the assault is to keep one’s physical state intact. Because Wyoming has no statute of limitations for sexual assaults, people may decide later to make a police report.
  • If drugging is suspected, wait to urinate at the hospital or collect urine in a clean container with a lid and take it to the emergency room or police station. Also, be sure to share concerns with the Emergency Room personnel, including symptoms, so that they can take the necessary samples.
  • People who decide to report the assault should call 911. A CSN advocate can accompany them to make a report and provide information about options.

 

The Recovery
No one can predict how someone will react to a sexual assault. Such a personal crime has personal consequences.

People may find themselves dealing with:

  • Excessive fear
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Frustration and anger
  • Sleeplessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Social isolation
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Feeling suicidal
  • Other Feelings

Community Safety Network is here to help: symptoms may not go away with time, or they may return years later. We can help people cope at any stage – for free, confidentially. We can recommend a therapist, an essential advisor for anyone dealing with trauma. We can offer financial assistance. We are guides in the healing process.

 

The Drug Method 

Drugs are frequently used to facilitate sexual assault, from alcohol – the most common – to other powerful chemicals. Drugs can be administered by anyone from a stranger or casual acquaintance to a trusted friend.

The presence of drugs may manifest in these signs:

  • The feeling of being more intoxicated than normal according to the amount of alcohol consumed.
  • Waking up extremely hung-over, unable to account for a period of time.
  • One of the last clear memories is of taking a drink.
  • The feeling of just having sex or being sexually assaulted with no recollection of such activity.
  • Unexplained memory loss.
  • Missing clothes and no sense of why.
  • Injuries, but no recollection of any incident.

Drugs commonly used are:

  • Alcohol: At least half of all acquaintance sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or most commonly, both.
  • Rohypnol (aka Roofies): Generally a tablet that is odorless once dissolved, though it may make the drink cloudy or flecked by floating bits.
  • GHB: A clear liquid, slightly thicker than water with a mild, indistinct odor and slightly salty taste.
  • Ketamine (aka Special K): A veterinary medicine, available as a liquid or powder.

 

The Resources

Online resources beyond the Community Safety Network: