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Crime Prevention and Safety
 
Sexual Assault

A person commits a sexual assault when they intentionally or knowingly do any of the following to another and it is committed against that person's will:

  • Causes the sexual organ of another person to contact or penetrate the mouth, anus, or sexual organ of another person, including the suspect.
  • Touching of the breast, buttock, or genital area of a person without their consent.
  • Penetration of another person by any means.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault, you should: Call 9-1-1.

  • Attempt to recall as much as possible about the attacker.
  • Preserve all physical evidence.
  • Do not take a bath, shower, douche, wash, or change clothes and/or linens.
  • Do not touch anything handled by the attacker.

You may need a forensic medical examination to collect evidence. If so, you will not pay for a forensic examination.

Be sure to take clean clothing to wear after the examination. Clothing worn during the attack will be turned over to the police for laboratory analysis.

  • When the deputies arrive they will ask you if you need medical attention.
  • They will look for evidence and fill out a report. A suspect will be arrested if it is possible.
  • A specialized sexual assault response unit may be called in to assist the victim. The response team will also include a victim advocate. The report will be sent to the Investigations Division for further investigation.