STUDENT HEALTH & WELNESS CENTER
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not
agree to, including:
Vaginal, anal, or oral
that you say no to
Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a
person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of
this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual
acts)exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public),
incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual
harassment. It can happen in different situations: in the home
by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated
Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many
situations -on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think
you are alone. Educate yourself on "date rape" drugs. They can be
slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking.
your drink unattended -no matter where you are. Attackers use date rape
drugs to make a person unable to resist assault. These drugs can also
cause memory loss so the victim doesn't know what happened.
Rape and sexual assault are never the victim's fault no matter where or
how it happens
What do I do if I've
been sexually assaulted?
important steps to take right away after an assault:
Go to your nearest
hospital emergency room as soon as possible. You need to be
examined, treated for any injuries, and screened for possible
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. The doctor will
collect evidence using a rape kit for fibers, hairs, saliva, semen,
or clothing that the attacker may have left behind.
Get away from the attacker to a
safe place as fast as you can. Then call 911 or the police.
Call a friend or family member you trust. You
also can call a crisis center or a hotline to talk with a counselor.
One hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline at
800-656-HOPE (4673). Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock
are normal. It is important to get counseling from a trusted
Do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your
body. Do not change clothes if possible, so the hospital staff can
collect evidence. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of
at the hospital:
If you decide you want to file a
police report, you or the hospital staff can call the police from
the emergency room.
Ask the hospital staff to connect
you with the local rape crisis center. The center staff can help you
make choices about reporting the attack and getting help through
counseling and support groups
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