Sexual Assault Information - Know the FACTS

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The Statistics


1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
 
60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
 
Approximately 73 % of rape victims know their assailants.



Definitions to Know


  • Sexual Assault is any unwanted physical, emotional, or sexual contact

  • Sexual Conduct is vaginal, oral, and/or anal penetration. Penetration can be with body part or object.

  • Sexual Contact is any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including the thigh, genitals, buttocks, pubic region, or if a female, the breast, for the purpose of sexual arousal.

  • Consent:  An agreement to participate in sexual activity that is not obtained by manipulation, force of any type, and requires having the cognitive and emotional ability to agree to participate.conduct or masturbation, or engaging in conduct that to an ordinary observer would appear to be sexual conduct or masturbation.


Consent Can Be Withdrawn at Anytime, Even During the Act!


Types of Sexual Assault


Rape

Engaging in sexual conduct without consent and with purposeful force. This includes personally impairing another’s judgment by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance by force, threat of force or deception.


Sexual Battery
Engaging in sexual conduct without consent. This includes knowing that the other’s conduct is substantially impaired and/ or knowing that the other person is unaware of the sexual conduct.


Gross Sexual Imposition

Engaging in sexual contact with another by use of force or threat of force. This includes impairing another’s judgment or control of the other person by administering any drug, intoxicant, or controlled substance by force, threat of force, or deception.


Sexual Imposition
Engaging in sexual contact with another when the sexual contact is offensive to the other person. This includes knowing that the other person is substantially impaired and/or knowing that the other person is unaware of the sexual contact.


Voyeurism
Invading the privacy of another by spying or eavesdropping, for the purpose of sexual arousal. This includes the use of videotape, photograph, or any other record of the other person in a state of nudity.


Public Indecency

When a person invades and offends in another’s physical proximity by exposingtheir private parts, engaging in sexual conduct or masturbation, or engaging in conduct that to an ordinary observer would appear to be sexual conduct or masturbation.

Sexual Assault is NEVER the Victim's Fault!


Prevention


Do not tolerate or participate in “jokes” about sexual assault

Understand your own sexual boundaries and respect others’ sexual boundaries.

Communication is key. Ask before engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity. Understand that alcohol and drug consumption hinder the ability to give consent to sexual activity.

Be an active ally. Challenge behaviors and attitudes that promote sexual violence and reinforce gender stereotypes.


If an assault happens we encourage you to:


Call the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program at 740-597-SAFE (7233).

Seek medical treatment. Nurses trained in sexual assault response are available at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. Follow-up care can be obtained through Student Health Services on campus.

Report the crime to the Ohio University Police Department for on campus assaults or the Athens Police Department for off-campus assaults.


“This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-WA-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.”



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