Terry could not believe it had happened. It did not seem real. She trembled as she sat in the waiting room of the rape trauma center. The previous night, she had been raped in her apartment by a man she had considered a friend. Like many other survivors of rape, Terry faced many decisions in the hours, days, and months following the rape.

Rape involves forced penetration or intercourse. It is one of many types of sexual assault. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not want or agree to, ranging from inappropriate touching to penetration or intercourse. It includes:

  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Child molestation
  • Voyeurism
  • Exhibitionism
  • Incest
  • Sexual harassment

Sexual assault can happen in a number of different situations, such as date rape, domestic or intimate partner violence, or violence by a stranger.