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Many people believe that rape and sexual assault are rare crimes. Unfortunately, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes. This collection of Internet resources provides statistical data concerning the prevalence of rape and victim demographics. Additionally, these resources counter common false beliefs about rape, such as the assumption that most perpetrators are strangers to their victims.

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, you may be experiencing a variety of strong emotions, and/or a number of physical problems. You may be feeling confused and alone, wondering if or how you should tell family or friends. Whatever your feelings, there are a number of support services available to help you. This webpage outlines local, state, and national resources for victims of sexual assault.

There is also a toolkit available of online resources and activities is designed for educators in classrooms or other academic units who want to engage students in discussions about sexual misconduct. Although this toolkit is designed for Penn State, our hope is that it will benefit educators everywhere.