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Sexual assault is, unfortunately, commonplace in the United
States. This article will discuss types of sexual assault, resources for
victims, and what someone should do if he or she is sexually assaulted in the
state of Kansas.
1 out of every 6 American women and 1 out of
every 33 American men have been the victim of an attempted or
completed rape in their lifetime (http://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims
Victims of sexual assault are:
3 times more
likely to suffer from depression.
4 times more likely to
6 times more likely to suffer
from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse
26 times more likely to abuse
Rape is defined under
K.S.A. 21-5503. If you or someone you know you have
been the recent victim of rape, you should first immediately contact 911.
Request law enforcement and an ambulance if one is needed. Do not take a shower
or wash in anyway. This includes clothing, bedding, or any other fabrics that
may possibly be soiled with DNA evidence. Please refrain from eating, drinking,
or doing things like applying makeup or lotions. This may affect any evidence
that was left on your person. If you are the victim of a sexual assault you’re
going to be transported to Via Christi- St. Joseph so that a SANE/SART nurse can
conduct a sexual assault examination. These nurses have received special
training in order to collect evidence and to handle any medical concerns that
may arise or may be necessary. Law enforcement officers will also be making
contact with you in order to conduct an interview. A complete listing of local
resources in Sedgwick County that can assist you with your recovery process will
be included at the end of this article.
Criminal Sodomy is defined under
K.S.A. 21-5504. If
you are the victim of criminal sodomy, you should also refrain from showering,
bathing, changing clothes, or anything else that might degrade or remove DNA
evidence or trace evidence from your person or the crime scene. Victims of
criminal sodomy will also be transported to St. Joseph hospital for an
examination by a SANE/SART nurse. Again, a complete listing of local resources
for victims of this crime will be included at the end of this article..
Sexual Battery is defined under
K.S.A. 21-5505. If you or someone you know is the victim
of a sexual battery, 911 should be immediately contacted. If injuries were
sustained, an ambulance should also be requested. Law enforcement officers will
make contact with the victim in order to complete a criminal case report. They
may need to take photographs to document any visible evidence and will have the
victim and any witnesses complete a statement form where they document what they
Incest is defined under
K.S.A. 21-5604. Local law enforcement should be contacted as soon as
possible if you believe that someone is the victim of or is engaging in incest.
Lewd and Lascivious is defined under
K.S.A. 21-5513. If you witness an act of lewd and lascivious conduct,
immediately call 911 and request law enforcement. Without putting yourself in
jeopardy, try to get identification information about the perpetrator(s) (ex.
race, gender, hair color, eye color, clothing description, height and weight,
vehicle description, license plate number, etc.).
Wichita Area Sexual
355 N. Waco, Ste. 100 Wichita, KS 67202 24 hour hotline:
Toll free number: 1-877-927-2248
Office: (316) 263-0185
Harbor House Battered Women Shelter (316) 263-6000
YWCA Women's Crisis Center (316) 267-7233
Sedgwick County COMCARE (mental health
assistance) (316) 660-7500
Union Rescue Mission
(shelter for men only) (316) 687-4673
It should be noted there is a separate
article for sexual crimes perpetrated against children that may be helpful to
the reader. Sexual assaults can be extremely traumatic and life altering for the
victims. It is very important victims realize they are not at fault and more
often than not; victims need to seek professional assistance in order to process
what they’ve been through. Strong support systems are also very important in
We, at the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, are dedicated to
helping citizens combat crime in their neighborhoods. But we need your
help! By utilizing crime prevention techniques around your home, work
place, and vehicles, you can decrease your chances of becoming a victim!
If you have any questions about what you could do to help protect yourself and
your property, please call either your Community Liaison Unit at (316) 660-3920
or your Community Policing Unit at (316) 660-0750.
information provided in this document is not intended to be
legal advice, but is merely intended to convey general
information commonly encountered when dealing with the Subjects
discussed herein. Because laws can change very rapidly, we
cannot guarantee that any
Information on this document (or references contained therein) is current
or accurate. Additionally, laws differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and
are subject to interpretation of courts located in each county. Legal advice
must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case and the information
provided herein may not be an appropriate fit for your particular situation. The
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, its employees, agents, or others will not be
liable or responsible for any claim, loss, injury, liability, or damages related
to use of this document or any reference provided herein.
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1"Who Are the
Victims? | RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network." RAINN | Rape,
Abuse and Incest National Network | RAINN: The Nation's Largest Anti-sexual
Assault Organization.One of “America’s 100 Best Charities" —Worth Magazine.
Web. 23 Feb. 2011.
2 World Health Organization. 2002.
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