What is Sexual Abuse?
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What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is when someone forces or manipulates an individual into unwanted sexual activity without their consent. Sexual violence is about using sexual acts to control, humiliate, and harm another person; it can be any act (verbal and/or physical) which breaks a person's trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. Sexual desire does NOT cause someone to want to force sex upon another person.  It’s an act of violence and power, not sex. When a victim is being assaulted, s/he has no control.

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Sexual Violence includes:

  • Rape: includes assault by your spouse, partner, date, or acquaintance
  • Incest
  • Sexual assault against a child
  • Ritual abuse
  • Unwanted sexual contact/touching
  • Sexual harassment
  • Showing one’s genitals or naked body to other(s) without consent
  • Voyeurism: Watching someone in a private act without their knowledge or permission

In Wisconsin

  • Average age of a victim is 15
  • Average age of an offender is 24
  • About 58.5% of assaults take place in either the victim or offenders home
  • About 93% of all sexual assaults are done by someone known to the victim
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have been the victim of sexual assault

In the United States

  • By age 18… 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual violence
  • At some point in their lives 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced attempted or completed rape
  • 85-95% of adults know their attacker
  • About 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home
  • Rape is the least reported and convicted violent crime in the United States
  • SA victims are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression, 6 times more likely to suffer from PTSD, 13 more times to abuse alcohol, 26 more times to abuse drugs, and 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide

Helpful Links/Resources

WCASA - WI Coalition against Sexual Assault
Website: http://www.wcasa.org

RAINN: Rape, abuse, and incest national network
Website: http://www.rainn.org

Resurrection after Rape: A Guide to Transforming from Victim to Survivor
Website: http://www.resurrectionafterrape.org/

“Searching for Angela Shelton” DVD
Website: http://www.searchingforangelashelton.com/


What is a SANE?

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. The SANEs deliver coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence

What do SANEs do?

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specially trained and certified professionals skilled in performing quality forensic medical-legal exams. Should a case go to trial, the SANEs are then available to testify
  • SANEs are available by beeper and respond to the site ready to care for the victim of sexual assault
  • SANEs will document the account of the assault, perform necessary medical exams, testing and treatment, then collect crucial, time sensitive evidence
  • A forensic exam performed by a SANE can take around to 4 hours
  • SANEs provide medical care to survivors without interruption, therefore maintaining the chain of evidence from the exam
  • SANEs provide preventative treatment for HIV, STDs, and pregnancy


*If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and wish to receive medical attention/get a SANE exam, an Advocate is available to offer their support during the exam by calling the Medical Advocacy 24-hour crisis line at (715) 937-1193.

Volunteer Advocates Always Needed!

Sexual Assault Volunteer Advocates assist in providing sexual assault services for victims throughout Clark County. Services include personal medical advocacy, resources, and referrals.

The main responsibility will be assisting in managing the “SANE Phone,” which is our 24-hour crisis line that enables us to provide medical advocacy when victims wish to go to the hospital for a SANE exam.

For more information, please contact us.

Or, click on the link to download and complete the application. You may mail or drop off in person. Follow-up contact will be made to set up a face to face meeting.

(If it’s possible, attach a link for the volunteer application)

You would not be on-call for more than a week at a time each month. We are very flexible in working around your schedule!

Marshfield Office

505 East Depot St.
Marshfield, WI 54449

Phone: (715) 384-2971

Toll Free Phone: (844) 210-8899

24 hr. Crisis Line: (715) 421-1509

Fax: (715) 384-7826

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Neillsville Office

1031 East Division St.
Neillsville, WI 54456

Phone: (715) 743-6401
Toll Free: (877) 743-6262
24 hr. Crisis Line: (715) 421-1509
Fax: (715) 384-7826