• Sexual assault is a crime of violence, not a crime of passion.

    All crimes have two components: motive and opportunity. Sexual assault crimes usually involve motives of dominance or control, rather than sexual gratification. Motive is in the mind of the offender. Since we cannot know the mind of others, we must concentrate on removing opportunities for crime and changing the social climate that contributes to victimization.

  • Most victims of sexual assaults know their perpetrators.

    Perpetrators of sexual assault have no regard for others and seek to fulfill their desires and feed their egos.

     

    There is no "typical" perpetrator. They come from all economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds. Friends, acquaintances or dates may have the potential to harm you.

  • Victims are chosen because of their vulnerability.

     

    Usually, age, race, and physical appearance DO NOT matter to the perpetrator.