Why Would a Rapist go Unpunished?

The victim may choose not to report their rapist for a variety of reasons. Fear of not being believed Afraid of retaliation Shame or fear of being blamed Distrust of authorities Personal desire to protect the rapist because they might be damaged by being exposed. Dr....
Can a Person I Know be a Rapist?

Can a Person I Know be a Rapist?

Acquaintance rape occurs when someone you know or trust forces you to have sexual intercourse. The rapist can be a friend, family member, neighbor, or a co-worker. Acquaintance rape can happen on a first date, at a party or when you have been going out for a long...

Facts about Sexual Assault

Understand that sexual assault can happen to anyone of any age, gender, race, and socioeconomic background. It can happen at any time or place. Assailants may be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Perpetrators may use violence, threats, coercion,...
Clergy Sexual Abuse and the impact on Victims

Clergy Sexual Abuse and the impact on Victims

Recent news releases have identified another clergy member as having been abusive to one or more members of their congregation. Although it would be ill-advised to condemn someone in the court of public opinion when the facts or a jury of one’s peers has not found the...