Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is any unwanted, forced, tricked or coerced sexual activity. There are many forms of sexual violence, some of which include:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Date/Acquaintance Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unwanted Sexual Touching
  • Voyeurism
  • Forced to watch or partake in pornography

Rape is never the victim’s fault and it is never too late to seek help. No matter who raped you, when the assault occurred, or how you choose to take care of yourself, medical and emotional help are available.

In Flagstaff, call NFHC’s Crisis Line at (928) 527-1900

Other Sexual Assault Resources:

Flagstaff Police Department: (928) 774-1414
Coconino County Sheriff’s Department: (928) 774-4523
NAU Police Department: (928) 523-3611
Flagstaff Medical Center: (928) 779-3366
The Guidance Center: (928) 527-1899
Fronske Health Center (NAU): (928) 523-2131
Parents Anonymous: (928) 773-9133
Planned Parenthood: (928) 779-3653
Teen Wellness Clinic: (928) 522-7920
Victim/Witness Services: (928) 779-6163

Facts about Sexual Violence

  • Rape is not about sex, but rather about power and control.
  • Men are victims of sexual violence too. In fact, more and more male survivors are beginning to tell their stories. Most have been raped by other men but some have been raped by women.
  • Current statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.
  • Most victims of sexual violence (60%) know their attacker.
  • Rape is one of the most under-reported crimes.
  • Women aged 16 -24 run a greater risk of being raped than any other group.

Why does Rape Happen?
Some Still Believe No Means Yes.
The idea that a woman says no when she means yes is not true. Pushing or turning away is a non-verbal NO! It still means NO! If your Partner says No – STOP! Talk about what he or she is feeling. A clear and sober “YES” is the only answer that means YES.

Alcohol and Drug Use
In the state of Arizona a person cannot legally consent to sex if she or he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That means if sex happens to you while you’re drunk – you’ve been raped. Being drunk or high lowers your inhibitions and impairs your ability to make safe choices. Date Rape Drugs are out there. Watch your own drink, and watch each other’s. Be aware that if you are drinking, you may not be able to hear the NO your partner is trying to communicate to you.

Experience of Rape
It is normal to feel…

  • Violated
  • Frightened
  • Sick
  • Ashamed or embarrassed
  • Guilty or confused
  • Depressed
  • Angry
  • Unable to sleep or eat
  • Experience flashbacks

Immediately afterwards it is normal to want to…

  • Bathe immediately
  • Wash or destroy your clothing
  • Pretend it didn’t happen
  • Hide
  • Keep it to yourself
  • Blame Yourself

But DON’T! Most rapists rape again and it is important to report the crime no matter how it occurred. You are not responsible.
We recommend you . . .

  • Call the police
  • Call Victim Witness or the NFHC Crisis Line
  • Call a friend or relative
  • Avoid bathing
  • Resist washing, destroying or throwing away your clothing

Go immediately to a hospital emergency room to be examined for injuries, sexually transmitted diseases or possible pregnancy.