National Hotline 24/7 assistance

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

What Is Sexual Assault

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:

•  Attempted rape
•  Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
•  Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or
    penetrating the perpetrator’s body
•  Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

What to do If you are sexually assaulted.

Do not clean up! It is important to preserve the evidence of the attack. Do not shower, bathe, brush your teeth or comb your hair, put on make-up, eat, drink, or change your clothes until advised to do so. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault. As soon as you can, write down, tape or record by any means all details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.

Seek medical attention! 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 diseases (STD's) 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. If you suspect you have been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected or a blood test administered.

Get emotional support! Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. Call a friend or family member you trust to be with you. It is important to get counseling from a trusted professional as well. Ask the hospital staff to connect you with the local rape crisis center that can help you make choices about reporting the attack and provide help through counseling and support groups.

Address the long-term effects! The impact of sexual assault doesn't end with the attack. Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist you with the emotional and physical effects that may continue to affect your life and even the lives of your friends and family.

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1 in 3 American Indian and Alaskan Native Women will be raped in their lifetime

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American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience Sexual Assault crimes

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More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaskan Native Women have experienced violence in the lifetime

Sexual Assault is About Anger, Power, & Control

•  Any sexual act involving a child is sexual assault
•  Children (under 18) are not legally able to consent to a sexual act
•  There is no typical victim or attacker
•  Victims and attackers can be of all ages and backgrounds
•  Victims are often young women
•  But sexual assault can also happen to; children, teenagers, older women, men
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WHAT IS CONSENT?

Consent is an agreement between sexual participants to engage in sexual activity.

It's Never the Victims Fault

Survivors of rape often blame themselves for behaving in a way that encouraged the perpetrator. It’s important to remember that the victim is never to blame for the actions of a perpetrator.

Resources

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network(link is external)
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Advocates are also available to chat (link is external)24/7.(link is external)

National Center for Victims of Crime (link is external)
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

Campus Resources:
https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/sexual-assault-on-campus/

Campus Safety Guide:
https://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/campus-safety-guide/

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