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I think I was sexually assaulted.
I don't know what to do.

I am sorry this happened to you.
I work for the rape crisis center,
and I'm here to help.

I was raped. I told the police.
They questioned what happened,
and that made me question myself.

I am sorry this happened to you,
and you didn't feel supported.
I'm a nurse, and I'm here to help.

I think I was raped by someone
I met at a bar last night.

I’m sorry this happened to you. As a police officer, I am here to help. What are you able to tell me about it?

I am in the Army. I was sexually assaulted,
but no one believes me,
because soldiers are trained to fight.

I believe you. I’m a victim advocate for the military, and I can help you.

My friend sent me a picture of two guys
having sex with me at a party,
but I don’t remember any of it.

I am so sorry. I am here for you.
How can I help?

FACT:
MOST SEXUAL ASSAULTS AREN’T REPORTED

As few as one in five victims report their sexual assault, so they often don’t get the help they need. Without a report, law enforcement misses the chance to identify perpetrators in their community, repeat offenders go undetected, and more people are victimized.

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THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE RESPOND TO SEXUAL ASSAULT

Brought to you by End Violence Against Women International, America’s leading
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Thousands of people have joined the global campaign to transform the way we respond to sexual assault. Join us today. Make a commitment to Start by Believing and help survivors on the road to justice and healing.

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