What Affects Your Risk of Becoming a Victim?
Sexual abuse or assault can happen to anyone. The act of violence may
come from a stranger, an acquaintance, or a close friend or family member.
Many victims of abuse or assault know their attacker.
Abusive situations you cannot control
You can't control whether the abuser:
- Uses alcohol or drugs.
- Engages in high-risk sexual behavior.
- Has a history of violent behavior.
- Was abused as a child.
- Has a medical or mental health problem, such as depression or personality disorder.
Unsafe situations you may be able to avoid
You may find yourself in an unsafe situation if you:
- Use alcohol or drugs.
- Date many people at one time.
- Accept any violent behavior in the dating relationship. There is no excuse for abuse.
- Ignore feelings of discomfort or warning signs that someone is treating you badly.
- Think your partner holds the power in a relationship.
- Are alone in an unfamiliar environment
Depend on your dating partner for transportation.
- Feel that your dating partner is in control because he or she asked you out and paid for the date.
- Are part of a
group that has a higher risk for sexual assault, such as:
- Homeless people.
- Sex workers.
- People who abuse substances.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 14, 2011|