Sexual Violence and College Students

 

Sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses.

 

Most rapes go unreported due to the victims fear of not being believed, or the possibility of being blamed for the rape, or because of privacy concerns.

 

Most sexual assaults take place between people who know each other.

 

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, Call RDVIC: (304) 292-5100 

 

Facts about sexual assault and college students:

One in four young women in college will be raped by the time she graduates.

Most victims of campus sexual assault are full-time students; one-third of the victims are first year students between the ages of 17-19.

84% of the victims know the rapist.

Most victims are raped by someone they thought they could trust, often in places where they thought they were safe.

75% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol or other drugs.

 

Reduce your risk of sexual assault

There are actions you can take to help reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted.

 

Some action you can take are:

Assert Yourself.

Trust your gut. If you don't feel comfortable in a situation, leave.

Be careful. Most sexual assaults occur on campus. Half of off-campus assaults occur at the victim's residence, and a third occur at off-campus housing such as fraternity houses.

Be selective about inviting people to your room or going into someone else's room.

When leaving messages on your door, Facebook or other social websites, consider all the potential people who might read that message and know your location.

Communicate clearly. Never assume that you know what your date is thinking. If you believe that you are getting mixed signals, ask your date what he/she wants.

Don't mix sexual decisions with drugs and alcohol. You cannot make safe decisions when you are drunk or high.

 

Be cautious of individuals who:

Don't respect your opinions or choices and always want to be in control.

Ignore your personal space, stand too closely, follow you and/or touch you inappropriately.

Express sexist attitudes and behaviors, make sexist remarks or jokes.

Don't listen to you.

Act jealous or possessive.

Try to make you feel guilty if you don't go along with the crowd.

Pressure you with statements like: "If you loved me, you would___."

Encourage you to drink more than you want.

Isolate you from your group of friends.

Make you feel as though you owe them something.

 

Learn more at sexual assault on campus at National Public Radio:

Seeking Justice For Campus Rapes.

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