I was Raped and Feel Dirty

Sexual assault is a violent crime, and you are an innocent victim.

Nothing gives anyone the right to sexually assault you.

Rape is never the fault of the victim.

Sometimes, when bad things happen, we feel somehow, at least partly responsible.

You are NOT dirty, dishonored, or tarnished in any way.  YOU are not guilty of anything!

Many times victims are assaulted by someone they know, such as someone they are dating, or a family friend (or any acquaintance).

Sexual assault is wrong even if you are currently dating the person who assaulted you, or even if you have been sexually involved in the past with that person.

Current or prior intimacy does not give a person the right to sexually assault you.

Being forced, manipulated, or coerced to have sex when you don’t want to, is always wrong.

You always have the right to change your mind at any time; and you always have the right to say “No!”

Sexual assaults are acts of violence in which sex is used as a weapon.

Sexual assaults are motivated primarily out of anger and/or the need for the attacker to feel powerful, by controlling, dominating, or humiliating his victim.

The attacker oftentimes feels inadequate, inferior, and undesirable.

So you see….YOU did nothing wrong.  You have no reason to feel dirty, guilty, or ashamed.  You are the victim of a violent crime.  You will heal, because YOU are innocent.