Sexual Assault

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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault: Any non-consensual sexual activity or unwanted behavior that one or more person(s) forces or manipulates upon another. Sexual assault includes rape (vaginal, oral, or anal penetration), incest, and other unwanted sexual contact. Sexual assault is a crime.

Acquaintance Rape: Sexual assault (as defined above) that was committed by someone the survivor knew.
              • 1 in 36 college women are sexually assaulted or the victim of attempted rapes in any given academic
                 year. (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000)
              • Rape/sexual assault was the only violent crime against college students more likely to be committed
                 by a person the victim knew. Non-strangers committed 74% of the rape/sexual assaults against
                 college students (U.S. Department of Justice, 2000).
Consent: Consent is when both people willingly agree to a specific sexual behavior.
              • Consent is active, not passive.
              • Consent is not the absence of no or of resistance -- it is someone saying yes.
              • Consent is ongoing, and allows for withdrawal of consent at any time without fear of humiliation or
                 retaliation. The person initiating the sexual contact is responsible for getting consent.
              • Consent is required for every form of sexual activity every time. Just because you may have been
                 sexually active with the person before does not mean that you have consent for future sexual
              • Consent cannot be given if forced, threatened, intimidated, or coerced.
              • Consent cannot be given when judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or if the person not
                 initiating is asleep or unconscious. Being under the influence is not an affirmative defense. According
                 to Connecticut state law, having sexual intercourse with someone who cannot give consent is rape.

Date Rape Drugs: The three most common "date rape drugs" are alcohol, GHB and Rohypnol.
Alcohol: Alcohol lowers a person's inhibitions and interferes with his or her judgment and decision-making, which makes for potentially dangerous sexual situations. In one situation, deciding to have sex with someone while you are under the influence can put you in an embarrassing predicament the next morning. In another situation, it can cause you to be the victim of sexual assault or leave you with a serious condition such as AIDS or other sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs).
GHB and Rohypnol: GHB (gamma hydroxyl butyrate), also known as liquid ecstasy, and Rohypnol are central nervous system depressants that can cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibition, memory blackouts, and loss of consciousness when mixed with alcohol. Both are odorless, colorless, and tasteless, so you may not even realize it if someone slips one of these substances into your drink. Because they may cause you to pass out, ingesting them may put you at risk for sexual assault.

Risk Reduction Tips to Reduce the Risk of Experiencing a Drug-Related Sexual Assault

            • Do not binge drink.
            • Do not leave beverages unattended.
            • Do not take drinks from large open containers, such as punch bowls.
            • At parties, do not accept unknown drugs or open container drinks from anyone.
            • At a party use the "buddy system." Be alert to the behavior of friends, and take note of anyone
               appearing unduly inebriated in relation to the amount of alcohol they have consumed.
            • Anyone who believes they have consumed a sedative-like substance should be driven to a hospital
               emergency room or call 911 for an ambulance. Try to keep a sample of the beverage for analysis.

Sexual Assault is NEVER your fault and these tips are provided to help keep you safe. The perpetrators are the ones committing the crime against you. See information (Bystander Intervention) on how everyone can get involved to help stop sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable .

What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted

1. Go to a safe place as soon as possible.
2. If you want to report the crime, notify the police immediately. Reporting the crime can help you regain a sense of control and can help ensure the safety of other victims. Ask the police to contact a victim advocate if you would like their assistance and support. An advocate is available to assist you 24/7 (click here). For information on reporting procedures click here.
3. Try to preserve all physical evidence. If you are reporting a sexual assault that has occurred within the previous 72 hours, it may be possible to collect trace evidence of the offense. This evidence is important particularly if you wish to prosecute the offender. Do not shower or bathe, wash your hands, use the toilet, change clothing, or wash your clothing or bedding. If you changed clothes, place each item of the clothing that was worn at the time of the incident in a separate paper (not plastic) bag. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
4. Seek medical attention. A medical examination will provide any necessary treatment and collect important evidence. Even if you think that you do not have any injuries, you should still have a medical examination and discuss the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault. Click here for further information.
5. If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug (e.g. Rohypnol & GHB), ask the hospital to take a urine sample. Rape drugs are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.

Campus Safety Services

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System: The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. The courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The Southern university community is proud to provide Rape Aggression Defense training. There are four certified instructors, all with varying experiences. The training is broken up over five or six weeks, and the sessions are about two hours each. The course currently taught is for "Women Only." Many university members and students have been able to take this training and we hope that many more will. There is no charge for the course. For more information, contact the University Police at (203) 392-5375.

Campus Watch: University Police offers an on-campus escort service 24 hours a day for your security. Simply call the University Police Department at (203) 392-5375, state your name, location, and destination, and, as long as your route is on university property, an officer or a student security assistant will accompany you.

Shuttle Services: Because Southern Connecticut State University is located in two municipalities (New Haven and Hamden), a shuttle bus service has been established. At present, there are seven enclosed bus stops located throughout the university campus. These are located in high-pedestrian-traffic areas. The shuttle service runs from 7:30 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday, and until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. After midnight, a student may request a shuttle by calling the university police at 888 and providing the dispatcher with your name, location, and destination. This shuttle runs until 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday. There are four 25-passenger buses and one smaller van with a lift platform to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.

R.I.D.E.S.: Stuck without a ride? Little or no cash on hand? Find yourself in an uncomfortable situation and need a way out? The R.I.D.E.S. program is there for you. R.I.D.E.S. is a program designed to offer students a safe, responsible mode of transportation when needed. It can be used for any reason with "no questions asked." Cabs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the academic year, including the winter and summer sessions. Students may take a cab to and from any destination within a 50-mile radius of the SCSU campus. Any student (full or part time, resident or commuter) enrolled in class at SCSU may use the R.I.D.E.S. program. Call any participating taxi company (see below). Present your valid SCSU Hoot Loot ID card to the driver upon pick-up. (Only four students may ride in a cab at one time.) Payment can be made at a later time. The payment is initially covered by the SCSU Student Government Association. The student presenting his or her SCSU Hoot Loot ID card is responsible for the reimbursement of the payment to the Student Government Association within 14 days. This can be done with their SCSU Hoot Loot ID card. For more information contact the Drug & Alcohol Center at 203-392-5087.

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