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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