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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions that many people ask of CRCC’s staff and volunteers.  These are just a few of many questions we receive.  If your question is not listed or you need more information, do not hesitate to call the CRCC hotline at: 770-834-RAPE. 

What is the definition of rape under Georgia law?

Georgia law states that rape consists of "carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will."  Unfortunately, this is a very limited definition compared to rape laws in other states around the country. Even if an experience of sexual violence does not fit this legal definition of “rape,” there are other charges, such as “sexual battery” and “aggravated sexual battery,” that often apply.  Forced sexual contact is wrong and it is against the law.

What does the term "sexual assault" refer to?

Sexual assault is a sexual act committed against a person's will or without their consent.  There are several different kinds of sexual assault including:  sexual harassment, child molestation, stranger rape, acquaintance rape, sexual battery and other offenses. 

Can men and boys be sexually assaulted?

YES. Anyone can be victim of sexual assault, regardless of gender. One in six males will be sexually assaulted sometime in their lifetime.

What if a victim feels that "it was their fault" that they were victimized?

Rape can happen to anyone, and no one is to blame for rape other than the rapist. The victim is never at fault, no matter what they did or did not do to thwart the attack, what type of clothing they were wearing, or whether or not they were using alcohol or other drugs. No one deserves to be raped!

What is "date/acquaintance rape?"

“Date rape” is rape committed by someone the victim knows, often within the context of a dating relationship or situation.  “Acquaintance rape” is also rape that is committed by someone the victim is acquainted with, but may refer to a rape committed in a dating or other kind of relationship.  “Acquaintance rape” may be committed by a friend, relative, or someone else the victim knows.  Regardless of the relationship between the victim and rapist, rape is against the law!  The attacker can be a supposed friend, relative, date, or spouse.  Sexual violence is a violation of the victim’s body and her trust.  This type of rape is the most common – about 80% of rapes are acquaintance rapes.

Can family or friends of a victim call the crisis line for help?

Anyone can call CRCC's 24-hour crisis line to get help and information concerning sexual assault.

How can I get help if I have been sexually assaulted?

Call Carroll Rape Crisis Center's 24-hour crisis line immediately! 

The number is: (770) 834 - 7273. Our staff and trained volunteers are available to speak with you at any time, day or night.

Will I ever feel safe and happy again?

Yes!  With time, support and counseling a victim of rape can become a survivor. 

The first step to recovery is reaching out for help.