Health alerts: Sexual assault

In an effort to help preserve the well being of the Ohio University community, the content of this site provides answers to frequently asked questions about sexual assault and the University's response to it.

Who are the victims of sexual assault?

Eighty percent of victims are under age 30. College-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted. One in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

What other resources are available?

How can sexual assault be prevented?

  • By establishing and respecting sexual boundaries
  • By becoming an active ally through communication and education
  • By reporting to the police

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

  • You are encouraged to report the crime to the Ohio University Police Department for on-campus assaults or to your local police department for off-campus assaults.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately. Nurses trained in sexual assault response are available at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital and follow-up care can be obtained through Campus Care.
  • Contact the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program in McKee House at 740-597-SAFE (7233) or

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted physical, emotional, or sexual contact. Sexual assault is a form of violence. It encompasses a wide range of sexual actions taken against a person without the person’s consent, against the person’s will, or under force, threat of force, or coercion. Legally, consent cannot be given while intoxicated since these states inhibit an aware state of mind. (Excerpt from the Ohio Revised Code)

Sexual Assult