A male or female who has been sexually assaulted or abused may feel a mix of emotions including confusion, embarrassment, anger, powerlessness, guilt, or fear after an unwanted sexual experience occurs. Assault may include touching, kissing, or penetration. Those who have been sexually assaulted did not, or were unable to, consent to sexual activity. Understanding and handling sexual assault incidents can be difficult; often, the offender is someone the victim loves and trusts. Men, women, and children may all be victims of sexual assault, and everyone needs to know how to prevent or reduce the chances of becoming a victim. Many resources are available for those who may question an occurrence or for those who may be in need of physical or emotional support for themselves or a loved one.
Counselors are available at each of the Southwestern Illinois College Counseling Centers for assistance.
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