“Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or attention, which can include things that are verbal, visual or physical,” Docter said.
Rape is a type of sexual assault, she said.
“In order for rape to meet a legal definition,” she said, “there has to be lack of consent, force, cohesion and penetration.”
Docter encourages victims of sexual assault to call the Oklahoma State Safeline — (800) 533-7233. They will be referred confidentially to support and services.
Knowing how to respond when a victim of sexual violence discloses what occurred is a key part of sexual assault awareness, Docter said.
“If someone confides in you, believe them, support them, refer them to services such as the YWCA,” she said.
The YWCA provides a free forensic exam within five days of a sexual assault, as well as an advocate who will travel with a victim to the hospital to provide comfort, support and referrals, she said. The forensic exam will not be turned over to police unless the victim makes the request, she said.
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After surviving that assault, my community was there to provide resources, programs, services and educational services. I feel like it's only right to return the favor for other women and men who are going through this.”
Spiva, who said she was raped by a man after their relationship had ended, will speak Saturday at a race organized by the YWCA Oklahoma City.