Understanding Trauma & Violence


Was I still sexually assaulted if I wasn’t raped, but was touched sexually without my consent?


Thank you for this question. Only you can define your experiences, but based on what you shared, yes. Your experience of unwanted sexual touching without consent can still be considered sexual assault, and it's completely valid to recognize and name it as such. Sexual assault can take many forms beyond rape, and each survivor's experience is unique and deserving of acknowledgment and support. It's understandable to have questions or doubts about what constitutes sexual assault, but it's important to trust your own feelings and boundaries.

It's completely normal to feel a range of emotions when processing your experience, including confusion, anger, or sadness. Whatever you're feeling is valid, and there are resources and support available to help you navigate the decision-making you might be considering in the aftermath. You're not alone and deserve support in whatever ways make the most sense for you and your healing at this time.

Remember, healing from sexual assault is a journey, and it's okay to take it one step at a time. You have the right to seek support, set boundaries, and prioritize your well-being. You deserve to be heard, believed, and supported as you navigate your healing process. We are here for you every step of the way. Thank you for this question.

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