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What is Sexual Assault?

It is an act of violence defined as any unwanted, coerced, manipulated or forced sexual contact or intercourse. This includes all forms of sexual violence such as sexual penetration, oral sex, intercourse, or penetration with an object. This definition also includes any touching or fondling of sexual body parts, by force or threat of force.

What is Acquaintance Rape?

Acquaintance rape is sexual assault by a person known to the victim. This includes a friend, a date, a colleague, a fellow student, a lover and even a spouse.

What is Stranger Rape?

Stranger rape is sexual assault by an unknown assailant.

What to do if you Have Been Assaulted

If Someone you Know has Been Raped...

Do NOT...

Facts:

? According to a study conducted by the National Victim Center, 1.3 women (age 18 and over) in the United States are forcibly raped each minute. That translates to 78 per hour, 1,871 per day, or 683,000 per year.- Rape in America: A Report to the Nation, National Victim Center 1992.

? 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female and 9% are male. Nearly 99% of the offenders single-victim incidents are male. - Violence Against Women, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dept of Justice, 1994.

? Of the rapes that occur on college campuses, 80% to 95% are committed by someone known to the victim. Centers for Disease Control (1999). Preventing violence and suicide.

? 90 percent of rapes on campus occur when either the rapist or victim has used alcohol. Student Affairs Today (1999). College Binge Drinking: The facts

? Less than 2% of sexual assault allegations are false, unlike other crimes where the percentage of false allegations tends to be higher. Sexual Assault, 1994

 

Counseling and other Campus Resources:

Survivors of sexual assault and those close to them may experience a range of emotions such as guilt, anger, fear, depression, withdrawal, and helplessness, either immediately after the incident or at a later time. These emotions are normal after an assault. Talking with a professional is helpful and is recommended. Counseling services are available for you regardless of when the sexual assault occurred and in a variety of settings.

 

24 Hours a Day:

Police Department.......................911

Sexual Assault Hotline................1-888-999-5545

New Britain General Hospital......860-224-5671

Your Resident Assistant or Hall Director

 

During the Day and on Campus:

Ruthe Boyea Women's Center....860-832-1655

University Health Services.........860-832-1925

Prevention and Counseling.........860-832-1945

 

How Can I Stop Sexual Assault at CCSU?

Sexual Assault is a complex but very real issue on college campuses today. Of course, just one or even a few individuals cannot solve this problem. However, by increasing your knowledge and acknowledging your ability to make a difference at CCSU, you can begin to reduce the risk. Consider the following ways you can work to stop sexual violence.