Sexual Assault Q&As

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Is there a site online that has information on sexual assault?  

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network has a lot of great information regarding statistics, types of sexual assault, how to help a loved one, how to report sexual assault to the police, recovering from sexual assault, and much more. There is also a National Sexual Assault Online Hotline and a search tool to find local help centers. You can also check out our sexual assault resource list for more links to information related to sexual assault.


Are most rape cases female or some of them male?

Sexual assault can affect anyone. In a lifetime, about 1 in 6 females will experienced an attempted or successful sexual assault, while 1 in 33 men will. In 2003, 9 out of 10 rape survivors were female. 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.
        (Source:  Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)


How long after a rape can you still report it?

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, you can report your attack at anytime. They do suggest, however, reporting as soon as possible in order to maximize the chances of arrest and prosecution. If you need time to think about pursuing prosecuting, you should still report the rape and then decide about prosecution later. This will help preserve the evidence.  Some states do have statutes of limitations that bar prosecutions after a certain number of years (State Statues).
        (Source:  Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)


If you can’t give consent when drunk, does that apply for males and females?

Yes, no one can legally give consent when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Both parties must be conscious and willing participants
        (Source:  Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)


What if a wife/girlfriend is just not in the mood, is that rape?

Yes.  Even if a person is in a relationship and has had consensual sex in the past, if they say "No" or do not give consent, it is considered rape.  Forcing or coercing someone to have sex against their will fits the definition of rape.  In the recent years, all 50 states have made partner rape, or spousal rape, illegal.  For more information about partner rape, check out WomensLaw.org or RAINN.org.


What are the different degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in Michigan?

There are four different degrees of Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  The University of Michigan SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center) has done a great job of breaking them down and explaining the circumstances surrounding each degree, along with the maximum penalty for offenders.


What is the legal age of consent in Michigan?

In Michigan, a person must be at least 16 years old before they can legally give consent to engage in sexual activity. 


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