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Sexual Assault

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault can be perpetrated by a stranger or acquaintance. Both men and women can be victims or perpetrators. However, 97% of assaults are committed by men against women.

Sexual Assault involves physical contact of a sexual nature which is against one’s will or without one’s consent. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • nonconsensual sexual intercourse or penetration (vaginal, oral, or anal) by any means
  • nonconsensual sexual contact (any touching of intimate body parts with any body part or object without consent)
  • sexual contact with a person while knowing or having reason to know that the person is incapacitated by any means including alcohol or other drugs – in other words, if you have sex with someone who has been drinking or using drugs, you may be committing sexual assault!

Did you know?

  • One in four college women is a victim of rape or attempted rape.
  • One in three women will be sexually assaulted at some time in her life.
  • 85% of rapes on campus are acquaintance rapes.
  • One in six female college students reported having been a victim of rape or attempted rape during the preceding year.
  • 27% of women have experienced a rape or attempted rape since age 14
  • The majority of reported victims and offenders are college age, with the rape victimization highest among 16-19 year olds

College is a time of high risk for sexual assault. Most rapists are males between the ages of 15 and 24. Many young women lack experience in keeping themselves safe with the increased freedoms of college life. Together, these two facts make college, especially freshman year, a high risk time.