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How do you define rape, sexual, and sexual assault?

Sometimes definitions of sexual violence can seem confusing and exclusive. Remember that if you have been a victim of ANY type of sexual violence, you belong here even if you're not sure how to define what happened. If you'd like to share your survivor story, or want peer support and advice, please consider joining the rape and sexual abuse survivor message board and chat room.

We believe that naming what happened is an important part of healing. To learn more about definitions of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault, follow the links below.

Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
- Kahlil Gibran