Sexual assault affects men, women and children in the United States. Defining sexual assault and various forms of rape can help to formulate knowledge of the context of assaults that victims experience. There are certain populations that are at risk for sexual victimization. College aged individuals are at a higher risk for sexual assault than any other age group. There are four main risk factors for this age group that contribute to the vulnerability of assault. The impact of assault and rape on survivors can include emotional, physical and psychological issues. For clinicians, evidence -based treatments, understanding risk factors, and the context of assaults helps in treatment and recovery outcomes. Sexual minorities on college campuses are also vulnerable to assaults and may be at a higher risk due to minority stress and status. Prevention and education for this age group can help to advocate and reduce victimization that occurs within this demographic. Knowledge about the context of assaults, the populations that are at risk, and prevention and education can help aid in clinical care for those individuals that are victimized.
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Gregorich, Luann, "Counseling Sexual Assaulted Adolescents and Young Adults" (2018). Counselor Education Capstones. 84.
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