Sexual Assault

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ASIA’s Sexual Assault (SA) program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services to meet the needs of immigrant families. Our services are confidential and free. Available services include:

  • Helpline: 216-369-7616
  • Language Assistance
  • Victim Advocacy (legal/personal/medical)
  • Case Management Services
  • Counseling and Support
  • Benefit Assessments
  • Financial Planning
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency Shelter Referral
  • Housing Referral

View our flyer: Sexual Assault Flyer

More Information

What is Sexual Assault?

Any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature is sexual assault. Sexual assault can be committed by an acquaintance, stranger, spouse or intimate partner, a family member, a member of any sex, a close friend, a neighbor, and a co-worker or manager. Physical resistance need not occur to fulfill the definition of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Includes:

  • Rape: forced penetration either with genitals, fingers, or foreign objects
  • Sexual battery: unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person
  • Acquaintance rape: rape by a spouse or intimate partner
  • Incest: assault or rape by a family member
  • Sexual assault with object
  • Forcible sodomy (forced anal intercourse)
  • Forced oral sex (forced oral-genital contact)
  • Forced fondling (unwanted touching)
  • Sharing nude or partially nude pictures without the consent of the subject
  • Verbal harassment of a sexual nature
  • Exploitation or coercion for sex

Contact us if you think you have been a victim of sexual assault:

Call or text our Helpline: 216-369-7616 (safe and confidential)

Call Kitty: 216-881-0330 ext. 8812

Talk to any staff member at ASIA Cleveland or ASIA Akron offices

Email: kitty@asiaohio.org

Sexual Assault can cause various types of psychological, emotional and/or physical impacts and trauma on victims/survivors. Many victims do not report sexual assault because they fear they would not be believed, or because they do not realize they actually experienced legally defined rape or sexual assault. Asian Americans especially are less likely to report sexual assault and the least likely to receive treatments or support services due to cultural, social, and linguistic barriers(1).In Ohio, Chapter 2709 of the Ohio Revised Code defines and prohibits various types of sex offenses (e.g. Rape, Sexual Battery, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Gross Sexual Imposition, Sexual Imposition, Importuning, Voyeurism and Public Indecency). Rape can occur if the perpetrator makes the victim intoxicated with drug or alcohol impairing his/her judgment or control and engages in sexual conduct, or if the perpetrator engages in sexual conduct with the victim whose age is less than 13 years of age. In Ohio, rape is considered a 1st-degree FELONY that carries severe punishment depending on the circumstances involved. Being married or cohabiting is not a legal defense to rape if the offender purposely compels his/her spouse or cohabitation partner to submit by force or threat of force. See O.R.C. §2907.02(A)(2). Furthermore, victim’s resistance is not required to prove that a rape occurred.

Important phone numbers:

  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
    • (216) 619-6192 call for emergency shelter, counseling, and referrals
  • ASIA Helpline
    • (216)369-7616 if you have questions about domestic violence and/or sexual assault, and cultural/language support

Barriers to Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women

Due to their life situation, immigrant and refugee women can face unique obstacles. Some of them include:

  • Finding support and resources in native languages and dialects can be challenging and leave the victim feeling more alone;
  • Fear of not being believed or of bringing shame upon one’s family by disclosing incidence of sexual assault;
  • Distrust of the justice system(e.g. Law enforcement) because of the belief that it will not be helpful or it will worsen matters;
  • Pressure from the culture to handle abuse within the community or within their families without seeking professional help; and
  • Lack of understanding about the legal definition of rape and/ or sexual assault as well as lack of knowledge on victim/survivors’ rights and available options.

If you are working with someone whom you suspect is a victim of sexual violence we suggest:

  • Becoming educated on the culture, background, and history of the individual that you work with in the context of his/her environment and ethnic group so that you know how to identify appropriate needs and services;
  • Advocating for language access when your client needs services, particularly for federally-funded organizations that are mandated to Provide meaningful access to limited English proficient clients; and
  • Contacting our staff (216-881-0330) or the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (216-619-6194) or the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (202-544-1034) for referrals and assistance.

If this had occured within the past, contact a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurse at the following institutions (all have a 24-hour SANE unit:

MetroHealth Hospital
2500 Metrohealth Drive
Cleveland, Oh 44109
(216) 778-5904

Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH 44111
(216) 476-7080
Note: Also sees pediatric patients

Hillcrest Hospital
6780 Mayfield Road, North Campus
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
(440) 312-7890
Note: Also sees pediatric patients

Marymount Hospital
12300 McCracken Boulevard
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 587-8170

University Hospitals / Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
111000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 844-3911

RAINN – provides information and resources for sexual assault survivors, friends of victims of sexual assault, as well as services providers, including statistics, policy information, what to do about sexual assault, and related news

Erie County Ohio Victim Assistance Program provides assistance for survivors who have been victimized in Erie County

Cuyahoga County Witness/Victim Service Centerprovides assistance for survivors who have been victimized in Cuyahoga County

Summit County Victim Service Center provides assistance for survivors who have been victimized in Summit County

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center provides support to and information for survivors of sexual assault, including hotline, advocacy, therapy, support groups, sex trafficking advocacy. Also provides training and policy advocacy

APIIDV Asian Pacific Islander Institute of Domestic Violence provides research and support for organizations working with Asian Pacific Islanders

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence provides training, facts, and other

Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties provides support to and information for survivors of sexual assault, including hotline, advocacy, therapy, and support groups. Also provides community outreach

United Way’s First Call for Help Directory for more services

Ohio Attorney General’s Office Services for Crime Victims Directory of victims services providers in Ohio and financial assistance for those who have been victims of crime

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
Click the “ESCAPE” button above to go immediately to another web page.If you are in an abusive relationship, browsing our website from your home computer can be dangerous because your abuser(s) may monitor your internet activity. For your safety, we recommend that you visit our website from a safe, preferably public, computer.

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