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Sexual assault

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is a serious problem—one that affects the lives of thousands of women, men, children, adults and families in King County every year. Any unwanted sexual contact, either physical or verbal, is a sexual assault. All forms of sexual assault are violating and traumatic.

In 2005, the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) provided services to 3,436 sexual assault victims in King County. However, because only six to 10 percent of victims report the abuse to another person or authority, we know the number of victims served is not the true number of victims. Of those who did report a sexual assault to KCSARC in 2005, 83 percent were female and 17 percent male. Seventy percent were children and teenagers.

In King County, numerous organizations are working toward sexual assault prevention and rehabilitation of sexual assault victims and their friends and families.

Other Websites

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC)
Information and resources. KCSARC provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault. They serve adults, teens and children who are residents of King County, at no cost. 

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
WCSAP is a membership agency comprised of individuals and organizations dedicated to ending sexual assault in their communities.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
A comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention.

Rape & Incest National Network (RAINN)
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.


If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, we encourage you to call 9-1-1 immediately.

24-hour hotlines

Western Washington (KCSARC)
1 (888) 99-VOICE

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1 (800) 656-HOPE

Contact us

If you have questions about sexual assault or sexual abuse, you also may contact the KCSO Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 263-2110.