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Background: Definitions, Criteria, and Myths

Sexual Coercion Resources

This website defines and discusses sexual coercion. Information and examples of types of sexual coercion are included. The website lists the frequency of sexual coercion, provides information about risk, and discusses offenders. The website includes ways to fight back and to identify whether or not you are a victim. Hotlines and websites provided at the end of the web page can provide further assistance to those who identify themselves as victims.


Was It Rape?

This Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network page can help people see criteria for sexual assault in a situational context. The page provides detailed definitions, considerations, and answers to common questions. A link to The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline and the phone number for The National Sexual Assault Hotline are provided.

Caution Warning: This site may bring up intense thoughts, feelings, negative memories, and/or exacerbate symptoms of PTSD for a survivor of sexual violence.


Overview of Male Sexual Assault

This website provides an overview of male sexual assault, including statistics, psychological consequences, and support concerns.


Caution warning (applies to the three links below): Myths about sexual violence can be triggering for survivors, who often hear one or more of these myths when trying to explain what happened to them. Discussions of myths can bring up intense thoughts, feelings, negative memories, and/or exacerbate symptoms of PTSD for a survivor of sexual violence.

Common Myths

This PDF lists common myths about sexual assault and related facts.

Facts to Counter Myths

This site discusses facts to counter some common myths about sexual assault.

More Facts to Counter Myths

This site discusses facts to counter some of the most pervasive myths about sexual assault.