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Sexual Assault Victims

Sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds in our country. While one in six women is a victim of attempted or completed rape, that statistic is even higher on college campuses. One in four undergraduate women has been a victim or survivor of rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. While any person can be a victim of sexual assault, women are disproportionally at risk. 
 
As a society, we are beginning to speak more openly and honestly about the prevalence of sexual abuse and assault, as well as the related issue of harassment. Americans are having a vital conversation about the work we must do to ensure that our workplaces, homes, and communities are free of sexual violence. But while sexual assault is unacceptable, it is still far too common. And it can happen to or be committed by anyone, regardless of religion, race, community, or any other factor.
 
Sexual assault and rape are against the law in North Carolina. Victims of rape and sexual assault have the right to take legal action to end the abuse. Attorney General Stein works to hold perpetrators of sexual violence responsible for the crimes they commit, and provide some measure of justice for survivors. We do this through our State Crime Lab, using DNA and forensic biology to establish the link between the alleged perpetrator of a crime and the victim. Our experts examine and conduct analysis on evidence and test sexual assault kits to help get justice for survivors and victims. Attorneys at the Department of Justice also work to uphold the convictions of those who commit assault when those cases are in North Carolina’s appellate courts. 
 
The North Carolina Department of Justice’s Public Protection Section works to support survivors of sexual violence by providing information about their legal rights and protections. We operate the Address Confidentiality Program for victims and survivors of violence and abuse. If you are a victim of sexual violence or attempted sexual violence, you can enroll in the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Address Confidentiality Program. This program will help keep your new address safe from possible or former abusers. For more information, call us at (919) 716-6785 or email acp@ncdoj.gov. This program can be one tool, among many, to help a person move from victim to survivor.
 
More than anything, the focus on sexual assault must involve a dedicated effort to eradicate sexual violence and abuse. To achieve this, we work with other anti-sexual violence partners, such as the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault to learn from and educate others about solutions to end sexual assault. The Attorney General is also hosting conversations about this issue on college campuses across North Carolina. These relationships and events allow us to elevate the great work others are doing in this field, and provide support and resources where we can for North Carolinians.
 
In addition to our enforcement, support and prevention efforts, Attorney General Stein also develops policy and legislation that prevents sexual violence, protects individuals from assault, gives victims more legal tools, and punishes people who commit sexual assault against others.
 
Watch Attorney General Stein speak about domestic violence and sexual assault.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
 
Additional Resources:
North Carolina Victim Assistance Network
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification System
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (operated by RAINN)