Sexual Violence

What to do if you are a victim of sexual violence

If you are a victim of sexual violence the VERY FIRST thing to do is get to a safe location and seek medical attention. Preserve evidence of the assault by not eating, drinking, smoking, urinating, bathing or showering, douching, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes. Write down details of the assault to help you remember if and when you file a police report. You may select to have a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit exam if you decide to pursue a criminal investigation, but you MUST get medical care as soon as possible. Second, seek the emotional support and legal resources you need.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence occurs when someone is forced, coerced, or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity against his or her will or when a person is incapable to give consent due to being underage, having an illness or disability, or being incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. Consent can be initially given, and then later withdrawn.

Definition of Consent: Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood.

Here is who you can call for help or guidance:

  • Campus Safety: 218-683-8633
  • NCTC Counseling Services: 555-555-5555
  • Pennington County Victim Services: 218-681-0881
  • Polk County Victim Services: 218-291-1554
  • Polk County 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-524-1993
  • National Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Sexual violence statistics

  • 1 in 5 college women will become victims of completed or attempted rape. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
  • One-half of all sexual violence crimes involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both.
  • Males can also be victims of sexual violence and may be even less likely to report. (Hart & Rennison, 2003)
  • Among college women, 9 of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offenders. (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000)
  • The majority of sexual assaults, an estimated 63%, are never reported to the police (Rennison, 2002).

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