Rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse with any person without consent. Force may involve physical violence, coercion, or threat of harm. This includes situations where the victim is drunk, drugged, asleep, unconscious, or for any reason unable to give consent. Basically, not saying yes. Rape can be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend, a date... by anyone.
Rape is the most prevalent, serious violent crime committed on college campuses. Date and acquaintance rape is more common than:
- Heart Attacks
Thus, there is a high probability that you will, in some way, be affected by issues of rape before you leave college.
College students are more vulnerable to rape than any other age group. The developmental tasks associated with entering college tend to put college students at risk. Alcohol consumption only serves to accentuate these risks. Acquaintance rapes are likely to occur in off-campus apartments, fraternity houses and residence hall rooms.
- 42% of the victims told no one about their assaults.
- Only 5% reported their rapes to the police.
- Only 5% sought help at rape crisis centers.
Without reporting, many sexual assault victims will not receive the assistance they need, assailants will not be brought to justice, and the number of campus rapes will continue to escalate.
Steps to take if you are raped
- Go to a safe place.
- To report the crime, notify the police immediately at 315.312.5555 or 911. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of personal power and control and can also help to ensure the safety of other potential victims.
- Call someone you trust and ask her or him to stay with you. Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault and do not wash it. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
- Go to a hospital emergency department. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss with a health care provider the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault.
- If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample immediately.
- Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including physical description of the assailant.
- Talk with a counselor who is trained to assist rape survivors about the emotional and physical impacts of the assault. The college may accommodate a victim's request, on a case-by-case basis, to change an academic schedule or residence hall room in cases of an alleged sex offense. In addition, the college can help the survivor by confidential consultation with faculty for considerations of adjustments in assignments.