Assault, Abuse, & Stalking can affect individuals of any age, socioeconomic status, gender, or other identifying factor. In West Virginia:

  • 1 in 6 adult women and 1 in 21 men will be the victim of an attempted or completed forcible rape in their lifetimes.

  • Nearly 82% of all sexual assaults were committed by someone known to the victim.

  • 46.6% of assaults were committed by an acquaintance

  • 7.4% by an intimate partner

  • 27.6% by 'other' family (e.g., in-law, sibling)

  • Most (70%) sex offenses were reported to have occurred at a residence or home.

  • Personal weapons, such as the offender's hands or fists were used during sex offenses, more than other weapons.

  • 64.8% of victims were juveniles under the age of 18.

  • The most frequently reported age was 15.

  • The majority of the offenders were males (93%) and adult (70.6%).

Victims of Sexual Assault may experience a range of emotions immediately following an assault and for a long time after. Everyone reacts differently and there is no "typical" reaction. Some survivors have reported some of the following reactions:

  • Denial

  • Guilt, shame, and self-blame

  • Fear and lack of trust of people

  • Lack of energy

  • Feeling a loss of control

  • Substance abuse

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It is important to remember that sexual assault is never the victim's fault.

Victims of Stalking similarly may experience a range of emotions if they are being stalked. Some survivors have reported some of the following reactions:

  • Feel fear of what the stalker will do

  • Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust

  • Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge

  • Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry

  • Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating, sleeping, or remembering things

  • Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, forgetting to eat, or overeating

  • Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories

  • Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don't understand why you are afraid

Friends & Family can help their loved ones by not blaming the victim, providing support, and referring their loved one to a trauma-informed advocate or therapist.

  • Grief, sadness, and depression

  • Anger and irritability

  • Shock, disorientation, or difficulty concentrating

  • Memory loss or flashbacks

  • Problems with sleeping or eating

  • Openly emotional or emotional numbness

All services are free and confidential.

The Sexual Assault Help Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, disability and/or age in the delivery of services.

Mailing Address:

PO Box 6764

Wheeling, WV 26003

Main Office Phone: 304-234-1783

Fax: 304-234-8231

24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-884-7242

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