Sexual assault is an umbrella term that encompasses different things, Docter said.
“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.