Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, sexual assault happens far too often in college. While sexual assault can happen to both males and females, over 90 percent of victims are females. Some studies estimate that as many as 1 in 8 college women have been sexually assaulted. However, it is difficult to determine what the actual rates are because many people do not report what happened.

Acquaintance, or date rape, occurs when a person is assaulted by someone that person knows. It is estimated that 85 percent of women who have been sexually assaulted know the person who did it. It has also been found that 3 in 4 men and 1 in 4 women involved in a sexual assault were consuming alcohol prior to the event.

A man may assume that a woman was “asking for it” or that he was just trying “to score.” This attitude is common among many college age individuals. However, clothes do not communicate desires. Additionally, kissing does not communicate that sex is wanted. A woman has the right to dress how she wants and have clear boundaries about how far she would like the intimacy to go.

What are the emotional consequences of sexual assault?

If you have been sexually assaulted, get yourself to a safe place. You are not to blame. Think about telling someone that you trust so they can be there for you. Seek medical attention immediately.

To learn more about reporting a rape or sexual assault to campus officials, please read about Sexual Misconduct Resources for Students.

Related Topics:
Sexual Abuse / Rape Trauma