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Sexual Assault

Monday, July 30, 2012

The attached brochures provides tips for reducing your risk of becoming a victim of a sexual assault and surviving one.


Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. It is always the fault of the assailant no matter what your relationship is to the assailant, what you were wearing or doing, or what drugs or alcohol you ingested prior to or at the time of the assault.

Members of the MPD's Sex Assault Unit take every report of sexual assault very seriously and investigate each case as fully as possible.

Start by Believing

Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault.  Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes.

Because rapists attack an average of six times, one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle, by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions.  The goal is to change the world, and outcomes for victims, one response at a time.