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Sexual Assault


 

Penetration (however slight) of the vaginal or anal cavities with any body part or object, or oral to genital contact when consent is not present.

 

Examples


  • Any sexual activity performed in the absence of consent or through coercion
  • Forced oral, anal, or vaginal sex with any body part or object
  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Keeping someone from protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs
  • Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or unable to give a clear and informed yes
  • Threatening or pressuring someone into sexual activity

 

Get Help


For more detailed information, check out the "Get Help" page, the Quick Resource Guide, and tips for helping others.

 

Has sexual assault occurred in the last 4 days?

If you want evidence to be collected, make sure that you don't bathe and that you take the clothes that you were wearing at the time of the assault to the hospital. However, if you have bathed or do not have the clothes, evidence can still be collected.

If you would like medical treatment and evidence collection, go to the nearest emergency department where an advocate can be called to meet with you. A partial list of emergency departments in the campus area:

 

Has sexual assault occurred more than 4 days ago?

After 4 days have passed, evidence will not be collected. Testing for sexually transmitted infections and treatment for unwanted pregnancy may still be available to you at the Student Health Center or the aforementioned emergency departments. To learn more about your options, contact the Sexual Violence Support Coordinator Natalie Spiert.


Reacting to sexual assault


Sexual assault can be one of the most painful and upsetting things that can happen in someone's life. It is natural if your emotions frequently fluctuate.  Learn more about healing from sexual assault here.

Here is a list of common feelings and reactions that survivors of sexual violence have reported:

  • Wondering "why me?"
  • Fear
  • Anger or rage
  • Numbness or emptiness
  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping/change in sleeping habits
  • Change in eating habits
  • Disbelief
  • Shame
  • Betrayal
  • Sense of loss
  • Loss of control
  • Nightmares
  • Guilt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feelings of withdrawal
  • Panic
  • Reluctance to go to school/work