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Sources: American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Spring 2019. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2019 (n=2,096).
What is sexual assault?
Sexual consent is clear, conscious, voluntary, mutual
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.
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:
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.
Alcohol is the #1 drug used to facilitate sexual violence
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 they would want you to intervene if you noticed they were in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation. You can:
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
Preserve Evidence of the Assault
Filing a Police Report
The Forensic Exam
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.
Support the victim
What to do
Review the information “What To Do If You’ve Experienced Sexual Violence” with the victim
This provides important information about:
Consent and Respect is an online education program designed to enhance awareness of sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking and their impact on college students, the importance of consent and respect in sexual situations, prevention and risk reduction strategies, as well as critical information on what to do if you or someone you know has any of these experiences.