Sexual Assault

Get Help | What is Sexual Assault? | Resources

Get Help

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. OVW does not provide services directly to the general public. Find local help on our map or call the national hotline:   

ribbonRape, Abuse & Incest National Network 
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Advocates are also available to chat 24/7.

National Center for Victims of Crime
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

What is Sexual Assault?

The term “sexual assault” means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent.

Sexual Assault Resources

National Institute of Justice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office on Women's Health

Medical Forensic Exams: DOJ and OVW Resources

Looking for information that used to be on OVW's website? Visit OVW's archive

Updated October 31, 2018

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