- 6.4% of ASU female students and 0.6% of ASU male students reported they experienced attempted or completed sexual violence in the last 12 months.
- 13.3% of ASU female students 3.1% ASU male students reported that they experienced sexual touching against their will in the last 12 months.
- 3.6% of ASU female students and 0.7% of ASU male students reported they had been in a sexually abusive relationship in the last 12 months.
Sources: American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Metro Phoenix Campuses Spring 2018. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2018 (n=1,304).
What is sexual assault?
- Attempted or completed non-consensual sexual act
- Anal, oral, or vaginal penetration
- Threats of rape
Sexual consent is clear, conscious, voluntary, mutual
- Verbal agreement to engage in sexual activity; silence does not mean "yes"
- Must be given by a sober, conscious individual
- Must be given freely, with no emotional or physical force
- Consent to one act of sex does not mean consent to all acts of sex
Acquaintance rape vs. stranger rape
It might surprise you to know that about 9 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, not a stranger.
Fisher, B.S., Cullen, F.T., and Turner, M.G., (2000). The Sexual Victimization of College Women (NCJRS Publication No. 182369). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
Take Action to Stop Sexual Violence – we can all step up to challenge community norms and create change.
- Raise awareness about sexual violence.
- Stop sexual violence in its tracks.
- Step Up and do something!
- Challenge sexist norms when you see or hear them.
- Prosecute perpetrators of sexual assault so they cannot easily repeat their crimes. The perpetrator is the only one who can truly prevent sexual assault.
Stop sexual violence in its tracks
The perpetrator is the only one who can truly prevent sexual assault. However, the following actions can help to reduce the risk of victimization.
Recognize situations that may lead to sexual assault:
- Using alcohol as a way to get sex.
- Drugging someone’s drink(s).
- Making someone feel uncomfortable with sexual advances.
- Separating someone from their friends.
- Pressure or threats to coerce another person into sexual acts.
Know or it’s “no.”
Silence does not equal a verbal "yes." Make sure that you have verbal consent before engaging in any sexual acts.
- A person has the right to say no at any point during any sexual act, even if they have consented in the past.
- If your partner says "no" or tells you to stop, stop immediately.
- If your partner doesn’t say anything at all, ask, “Is this okay?” Make sure you know about consent.
Alcohol is the #1 drug used to facilitate sexual violence
- Be aware of the risks associated with alcohol use.
- More than half of completed sexual assaults among college women have been facilitated by alcohol use by the victim, in most cases on a voluntary basis.
- In comparison, about 4% of completed sexual assaults among college women were drug-facilitated.
- Remember—even if the victim has voluntarily consumed alcohol or other drugs, he or she is not responsible for their sexual assault. The perpetrator is to blame.
Krebs, C.K., Lindquist, C.H., Warner, T.D., Fisher, B.S., and Martin, S.L. (2009). College women’s experiences with physically forced, alcohol- or other drug-enabled, and drug-facilitated sexual assault before and since entering college. Journal of American College Health 57(6), 639-647.
Step Up! and do something!
If you experience or observe a situation that could lead to non-consensual sex, do something! Take action to prevent a situation from escalating.
- Talk to your friends about how you would want them to intervene if they notice you are uncomfortable or in a potentially dangerous situation.
- Even someone you know and like can have different sexual intentions than you do. Express your intentions clearly.
- Use your phone to stay in contact with friends through voice, text, Facebook, Twitter and photos.
- Refuse to accept unwanted drinks or to drink alcohol in excess of your limits.
- Call out inappropriate behavior: “Stop,” “I said NO,” “ Leave me alone,” and “Don’t touch me.”
- If you feel uncomfortable with someone’s actions or advances, trust yourself. Leave the situation if you can. Find or call someone you know to help you stay safe.
- Excuse yourself to go to the bathroom. Bring your phone and call a friend to help you leave the situation.
- If you are concerned about your safety, call 911.
Talk to your friends about how they would want you to intervene if you noticed they were in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation. You can:
- Approach the potential victim and perpetrator.
- Calmly say what you see (too much to drink, inappropriate behavior, concern for safety).
- Be honest and direct.
- Avoid using physical or verbal violence.
- If you feel you cannot be direct you can:
- Create a distraction to diffuse the situation.
- Call or text the victim or perpetrator, if you know the number.
- Recruit help from others if you need it.
- If someone is in a dangerous situation, call 911.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence:
What to do if you have experienced sexual violence
You are not alone. Among ASU students surveyed in 2018, 6.4% of female students and 0.6% of ASU male students experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault. Sexual assault can happen to anyone: any gender, any age, any socio-economic status, any profession, any ethnic or racial identity, any sexual orientation, any religious affiliation - anyone.
If you have experienced sexual assault you may feel angry, afraid, humiliated, confused, or numb. You may blame yourself, or make excuses for your assailant’s behavior. You may not know what to do or where to find support. The following information is a guide for you to help you find the information and support you may need for safety, medical, legal, counseling, and other considerations.
Find a Safe Place
- If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- In the immediate aftermath of sexual assault, the most important thing is your safety. Go to a safe place. Whether it is your residence, a friend’s place, or with a family member, your immediate safety is what matters most.
- If you live on campus, contact your Community Assistant or Community Director for support.
Preserve Evidence of the Assault
- Do not shower, bathe, douche, and/or brush your teeth or hair.
- Save all the clothing you were wearing at the time you were assaulted in a paper bag.
- Make every effort to save anything that might contain the assailant’s DNA. Do not clean up the crime scene or move anything the assailant may have touched.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant. If you have a picture of the assailant, prepare to give it to the police.
Filing a Police Report
- Sexual assault is a serious crime. Even if you know your assailant, we encourage you to report the assault to the police.
- - To make a police report, call 911. The local police will send an officer to take your report. Make sure to say where the assault took place; on or off campus, and in which city.
- - If you were assaulted on campus, an ASU police officer will be sent to take your report.
- - Filing a police report does not obligate you to press charges. You may file a police report to document your experience without pressing charges.
- Your report will be investigated if you choose to press charges. If there is sufficient evidence, the case will be submitted to the County Attorney’s office, where it will be determined if it can be successfully prosecuted.
- - Keep in mind that if the police determine that the suspect may pose a threat to the campus community, they will be obligated to disclose your case to other departments on campus, even if you prefer not to have your case investigated.
Get Medical Assistance
- Sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Talking to a counselor and/or people in your support system can be helpful if you are feeling upset or confused.
- - Counseling is offered through ASU Counseling Centers on each campus.
- If you feel you need immediate assistance, Crisis Services are available through ASU Counseling Centers or call Empact's 24-hour ASU-dedicated crisis hotline at: 480-921-1006.
- Student Advocacy and Assistance provides referrals and contacts that can help you to address the academic and personal concerns that have resulted from your experience.Offices are located on each ASU Campus.
- If the assailant is an ASU student, you can file a complaint with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities This can be done with or without filing a police report. Your complaint will be investigated, and, if substantiated, result in disciplinary action for the assailant.
If someone you know has experienced sexual violence...
Among ASU students surveyed, 6.4% of female students and 0.6% of ASU male students experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault in the previous year (2018). Sexual assault can happen to anyone: any gender, any age, any socio-economic status, any profession, any ethnic or racial identity, any sexual orientation, any religious affiliation, anyone. In most cases of sexual assault during college, the victim and assailant know each other.
Someone who has experienced sexual assault may feel angry, afraid, humiliated, confused, numb, feel at blame, or make excuses for the assailant’s behavior. They may not know what to do our where to find support. The following information is a guide for you to help someone who has experienced sexual assault find the information and support they need for safety, medical, legal, counseling and other considerations.
- If the victim feels there is immediate danger, call 911.
- In the aftermath of sexual assault, the most important thing is safety. Help the victim identify a safe place and get there safely. Whether it is their residence, a friend’s place or with a family member, keeping the victim safe is what matters most.
- If the victim lives on campus, contact a Community Assistant or Community Director for support.
Support the victim
- Believe what is said.
- Listen and comfort without taking control.
- Say “this was not your fault.”
- Foster a safe environment.
- Encourage seeking medical attention.
- Encourage counseling.
What to do
Review the information “What To Do If You’ve Experienced Sexual Violence” with the victim
This provides important information about:
- Preserving evidence of the assault.
- Filing a police report.
- The forensic exam.
- Medical care.
- Filing a complaint against the assailant through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- Getting help with academic and personal concerns through Student Advocacy and Assistance.
Sexual Violence Awareness and Response - Sun Devils take care of each other, our community and ourselves. ASU provides a variety of reporting options, resources, and educational programs to prevent sexual misconduct.
For more information see ASU’s Sexual Violence Awareness and Response.