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FAQs

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FAQs ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT

Please see the No Straight Path section of the website for more detailed information and additional resources.

  • What is sexual violence?

    • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines sexual violence as any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone’s will. Sexual violence encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment).
  • What is sexual assault?

    • The Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, defines sexual assault as any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault such as: sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.
    • See the Resources section of the website for more detailed information.
  • What is childhood sexual abuse?

    • Childhood sexual abuse is any type of sexual activity, ranging from fondling to intercourse, performed on a child by an individual who is older and in a position of power or authority.
  • I was drunk when I was sexually assaulted. Was it my fault?

    • No. You are not to blame for the assault. We recommend that you speak with a trained counselor. If you reside in the DC area, please call DCRCC’s Intake Coordinator for more information about survivor support and resources. You can reach the Intake Coordinator at 202-232-0789. You may also speak with a hotline advocate for more information about resources that are made available you if you do not live within this area. The number to the hotline is 202-333-RAPE (7273).
  • What should I do if I have been sexually assaulted?

    • Please refer to the “Need Help Now” section of our Homepage.
    • There are several options available to you when dealing with a sexual assault and its aftermath. Please know that the following are just a few action steps that you can take. You have the choice to decide which option works the best for you:
      • Know that you are not alone. Share with someone who is close to you that you have been sexually assaulted.
      • If the assault occurred in the DC area and within the last 4 days (or 96 hours), call the DCRCC crisis hotline (202-333-7273) for more information about the DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program which includes a medical evidentiary exam, emergency contraception, pregnancy and STI testing. You can also call the DC SANE Call Center (1-800-641-4028) directly to reach the on-call sexual assault examiner, who will accompany you to MedStar Washington Hospital Center Emergency Department. Transportation will be provided if needed. You also have the option to go directly to Washington Hospital Center, located at 110 Irving Street NW.
      • If the assault occurred outside of DC, contact the SANE program and/or rape crisis center in the jurisdiction where the assault occurred.
      • If you reside in the DC area and would like advocacy and legal assistance, contact the Network for Victim Recovery (NVRDC) at 202-742-1727.
      • If you are interested in counseling services within the district, contact the DCRCC Intake Coordinator at 202-232-0789.
      • If the assault occurred in DC and you are interested in making a report to law enforcement directly, contact the Metropolitan Police Department Sexual Assault Unit at 202-727-3700.
  • Is the DC Rape Crisis Hotline confidential?

    • Yes, the hotline is anonymous and calls are confidential. The number 202-333-7273 is open 24 hours/7 days a week. Please note that DCRCC hotline advocates are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities any cases of child sexual abuse, abuse of vulnerable adults and persons who are at risk to themselves or others. If you provide the advocate with identifying information during a hotline call, a mandated report will be filed in these required cases.